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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 25. What Kinds of "Saints" does Buddhism have?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40764


According to every school of Buddhism, people can be divided into different categories and, between schools, there is some overlap. Generally speaking, there are ordinary people, noble disciples, bodhisattvas, and buddhas. People who are following the Buddhist path can move upwards through these categories, to some extent.

Chapter Contributors

  • Arjuna Ranatunga ( - aranatunga) 'SOAS, University of London'