- a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana through rigorous discipline and ascetic practices.Compare Bodhisattva.
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They answered in the affirmative, saying that he was an Arhat.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
"There is no god superior to the Arhat," says the Kalpa-sūtra (Stevenson, p. 10).
The aim of the religious life is to become a Bodhisattva, not to become an Arhat.
In many respects the virtues of the Bodhisattva are those of the Arhat.
But in the night hours spirits appear to us and tell us not to kill ourselves, for an Arhat will come from the East to deliver us.Myths and Legends of China
E. T. C. Werner
- a Buddhist, esp a monk who has achieved enlightenment and at death passes to nirvanaCompare Bodhisattva