In the Pasadika Sutta we learn of the qualities of an Arahant through negative-characterization [describing an awakened one by describing what an awakened one cannot/will not do].
There are 9 things an Arahant cannot do:
- They are incapable of deliberately taking the life of a living being.
- They are incapable of stealing.
- They are incapable of lying.
- They are incapable of storing up goods for sensual enjoyment as a householder.
- They are incapable of sexual intercourse.
- They are incapable of acting wrongly through attachment.
- They are incapable of acting wrongly through hatred.
- THey are incapable of acting wrongly through folly.
- They are incapable of acting wrongly through fear.
We find some of the 5 vows a Buddhist lay person takes upon becoming Buddhist.
I can’t stand for the denial of sexual intercourse, but I imagine that other beings may find benefit from this practice. A Monk friend of mine (Thich Minh Huu) described it to me like this:
By abandoning sexual desire for one person, true love is more easily developed for all people.
That makes sense to me, but it is not my practice, I am not this kind of early-Buddhist Arahant. I am Nguyen Giac. An American Buddhist. An Olympian Buddhist.
Dhammakaya is alive– it changes, but it stays the same, spiraling around a core set of truths– I won’t let others tell me about truth. I GnoTruth. We can all GnoTruth for ourselves.
Practice and see for yourselves. Take refuge on the island of self and look beyond it.