kiane wrote:The Buddha Gautama was said to have met the previous Buddha and I supposed Gautama in that incarnation would have gain stream entry...but what I could not understand is why there are 500 more incarnation before he became the present Buddha.Can someone kindly enlighten, many thanks in advance.
He was a putthujana when he made his aspiration to become a Buddha - not a sotapanna. He was a putthujana until he sat under the Bodhi Tree.
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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