Jnana wrote:Yes. According to the Ugraparipṛcchā Sūtra:
For no bodhisattva who lives at home has ever attained supreme perfect enlightenment. Those who have done so have all gone forth from the household, and having done so, they have the thought of the wilderness; they have the wilderness as their goal. And having gone to the wilderness, there they have awakened to supreme perfect enlightenment.The sūtra then goes on to give a long list of contrasts (205 in the Tibetan version) between the household life and the renunciant life. For example:
Household life is harmful and dusty; the renunciant life is praised by the buddhas and their disciples.
Household life abounds in faults and bad qualities; the renunciant life abounds in good qualities. Household life is constricted; the renunciant life is spacious. Household life is defiled by ownership; the renunciant life is liberation from ownership.
Not a fan of the Vimalakirti Sutra I take it? ... or at least the author wasn't...
Since you mention Tibetans, I would like to hear a Kagyu chime in on whether or not Marpa Lotsawa had any sort of attainment...
Not necessarily the supreme perfect enlightenment, but in the Nikayas there are plenty of examples of householders who are not defiled...
How about Anguttara Nikaya 4.55: Samajivina Sutta?
Anguttara Nikaya 5.179: Gihi Sutta?
Digha Nikaya 31: Sigalovada Sutta?
Khuddaka Nikaya, Sutta Nipata 2.4: Maha-mangala Sutta?
Majjhima Nikaya 41: Saleyyaka Sutta?
Majjhima Nikaya 54: Potaliya Sutta?
Majjhima Nikaya 143: Anathapindikovada Sutta?
Pretty good chance I'll renounce when the kids are older, but gotta make sure my wife's taken care of.
We'll see how things go.
In the meantime, I'll do my best at doing good and take a shot at what's described in Anguttara Nikaya 5.176: Piti Sutta when the opportunity presents itself...