Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 35, No 1-2 (2018)

Jātaka Stories and Paccekabuddhas in Early Buddhism

Naomi Appleton
Issued Date: 8 Jan 2019


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.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.36764


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