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Praetyka-Buddha realm

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Praetyka-Buddha is also an Arhat, but more superior to the Sravaka. They are enlightened by understanding the Law of Dependent Originations or the Twelve Links of Dependent Originations.

Arhat is devided into four grades of arhatship or fruitions or phala.

1.Srota-aparnna --- the one who has entered the stream of holy living. It is the first stage of the arhat, that of a Sravaka.
2.Sakradagamin --- the one who comes to be born once more. It is the second grade of arhatship involving only one birth.
3.Anagamin --- the one who will not be reborn in this world (i.e. Six Paths), but in the Form Realm or Formless Realm, where he will attain Nirvana.
4.Arhan --- the one who enters Nirvana. All Karma of reincarnation is destroyed. He also reaches a state of no-lower learning. He is the highest Saint in Hinayana in contrast with the Bodhisattva as the saint in Mahayana.

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