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    Hello,

    I have looked at several sources and seem to have found variances on these titles.

    From Wikipedia:

    In Theravada Buddhism, an Anagarika (Pali: anāgārika/ā; lit., "homeless one") is a person who has given up most or all of his worldly possessions and responsibilities to commit full-time to Buddhist practice. It is a midway status between monk and layperson where one takes on the Eight Precepts for the entire anagarika period, which could be for life. Anagarikas usually wear white clothes or robes, depending on the tradition they follow. Some traditions have special ordination ceremonies for Anagarika, while others simply take the eight precepts with a special intention.
    Dhammacari (Pali: Dhammacārī; lit., "one who follows the Dhamma") is a term used in some Theravada Buddhist communities to refer to lay devotees (Upāsakas) who have seriously committed themselves to Buddhist practice for several years. Dhammacaris follow four training vows in addition to the traditional Five Precepts that all lay devotees follow.
    1. In the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, what are the various "steps" from a layperson to an Ajahn?
    2. What are the "official" titles or Pali words for these steps?
    3. What are the vows or precepts for each?


    Metta,

    Alfred
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