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Once-returner (Tib. chir ongwa; Wyl. phyir 'ong ba) is one of the four results of the shravaka yana have not got rid of all the nine levels of emotional obscuration related to the desire realm on the path of meditation and have to take birth once more in the desire realm. A sage who has only one rebirth left before reaching Arhatship and escaping birth and death.
斯陀含・一来 (Skt sakridagamin; Pali sakadagamin; Jpn shidagon or ichirai )
The second of the four stages of Hinayana enlightenment. The fourth and highest stage is that of arhat. In the stage of the once-returner, one has eradicated six of the nine illusions of desire in the world of desire. Due to the remaining illusions, one will be born next in the realm of heavenly beings and then once again in the human world before entering nirvana; hence the name once-returner.