It is widely recognized that the key practice of Theravāda Buddhism is the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’ (ariya aṭṭhaṅgika magga). While this is sometimes loosely seen as encompassing all Theravāda Buddhist practices, the developed tradition, as expressed in the Pali commentaries, sees it as a momentary state, the culmination of prior practice, that glimpses the transcendent Nibbāna and= is immediately followed by the attainment of ‘fruit’ consciousnesses that signifies becoming a stream-enterer, once-returner, non returner or Arahat. In the Pali Suttas, however, the noble path can be seen to be a specific kind of calm and open mind state that is a skilful, eight-factored method. Once it arises it is certain to bring stream-entry, and its seeing of Nibbāna, later in the present life, but for this it needs to be developed to full strength, which usually takes some period of time, as a person intently works to directly see the unconditioned.
Noble Persons 32 The Three Ariya Khandhas and the Structural Placing and Nature of the Ariya Magga 33 The Abhidhamma-Cum-Commentarial View of the Ariya Magga 35 The Two Types of Right View in the Suttas 36 The Noble and Ignoble Searches 38 The Meaning of Lokuttara in the Suttas 40 Bridging the Gap Between the Two Kinds of Right View 42 When and How Does Noble Right View, a Factor of the Path, Arise? 43 The First Arising of the Path as "Entering the Fixed Course of Rightness" 46 What One on the Noble Path Does Prior to Stream-Entry 49 Conclusion 49 Abbreviations 51 References 51