Jātaka stories and paccekabuddhas in early Buddhism

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This article explores the role of paccekabuddhas in stories of the Buddha’s past lives (jātaka tales) in early Buddhist narrative collections in Pāli and Sanskrit. In early Buddhism paccekabuddhas are liminal figures in two senses: they appear between Buddhist dispensations, and they are included as a category of awakening between sammāsambuddha and arahat. Because of their appearance in times of no Buddhism, paccekabuddhas feature regularly in jātaka literature, as exemplary renouncers, teachers, or recipients of gifts. This article asks what the liminal status of paccekabuddhas means for their interactions with the Buddha and his past lives as Bodhisatta.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Memory of L.S. Cousins
EditorsNaomi Appleton, Peter Harvey
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherEquinox Publishers
Chapter16
Pages305-318
ISBN (Electronic)9781781796382
ISBN (Print)9781781798928, 9781781796375
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019

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