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In Buddhism, an anāgāmi (Sanskrit and Pāli for "non-returning") is a partially enlightened person who has cut off the first five chains that bind the ordinary mind. Anagami-ship is the third of the four stages of enlightenment.
The Pali terms for the specific chains or fetters (Pali: saṃyojana) of which an anagami is free are:
The fetters from which an anagami is not yet free are:
Kāma-rāga and Byāpāda, which they are free from, can also be interpreted as craving for becoming and non-becoming, respectively. Anagamis are at an intermediate stage between sakadagamis and arahants. Arahants enjoy complete freedom from the ten fetters. Anagamis are said to have "...gotten rid of tears..." in the sutras, because the causes of crying are completely uprooted in their minds.
Attaining the state of non-returner is portrayed in the early texts as the ideal goal for laity.
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