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āryamārga (P. ariyamagga; T. 'phags lam འཕགས་ལམ་; C. shengdao་聖道) is translated as "noble path," "superior path," "path of the noble ones," etc.

In the context of the five paths of the Sanskrit tradition, the noble path (āryamārga) begins when a practitioner has their first direct realization of emptiness (sunyata) and enters the path of seeing (darśana-mārga). Hence, the noble path (āryamārga) consists of path of seeing (darśana-mārga), the path of meditation (bhāvanā-mārga) and the path of no-more learning (aśaikṣā-mārga).[1][2]

The noble path (āryamārga) also corresponds to the first three of the four stages of the supramundane path: stream-enterer (srotāpanna), once-returner (sakṛdāgāmin), and non-returner (anāgāmi).[2]


  1. Internet-icon.svg 'phags lam, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. āryamārga

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