Bodhisattva and nibbana


Does a bodhisattva go through the four stages of liberation, or does he achieve them all simultaneously when he achieves nibbana?

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The four stages along with the rest of the doctrine were formulated after the Buddha became awakened and was convinced to teach. So the stages could not be mentioned in the suttas which do describe the Buddha-to-be’s pre-awakening method, such as Majjhima Nikaya 19. In that sutta can be seen the factors of the path in unsystemized form, right intentions being immediately obvious.