If Nirvana is real, why are arahants so hard to find? Has even one lived within the past century? We are told that at the time of the Buddha over r,ooo of the monks realized Nirvana. But despite this impressive figure we are also told that the occurrence of arahants is rare in the world, and even more rare is the occurrence of an enlightened teacher who warrants the title of 'Buddha'. 1
Few among men are there indeed Who cross to the Further Shore. The remaining men, most of mankind Run up and down this hither shore.