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Arya
(tib.: phag pa) A Noble being, who has attained the third path, the path of seeing emptiness directly. Arya knows the true nature of all phenomena and is a true Sangha refuge. 
There are three types of Aryas: 
1. Hearer Arya (shravaka arya),
2. Solitary-realizer Arya (pratyekabuddha arya)
3. Arya Bodhisattva (bodhisattva arya).
Hearer Arya and Solitary-realizer Arya belong to Hinayana, whereas Arya Bodihsattvas belong to Mahayana because they have also realized Bodhichitta.

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