Pratyekabuddhayana, Pratyekabuddhayāna, Pratyekabuddha-yana: 2 definitions



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Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Pratyekabuddhayāna (प्रत्येकबुद्धयान) refers to the “vehicle of the solitary Buddhas” or “vehicle of the Pratyekabuddhas” and represents the second of the “three vehicles” (triyāna) defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 2). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (e.g., triyāna and pratyekabuddha-yāna). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography (b)

Pratyekabuddhayāna (प्रत्येकबुद्धयान) refers to one of the different Buddhist paths (yāna).—Lord Buddha prescribed Yānas in the beginning, namely, the Śrāvakayāna and the Pratyekabuddhayāna. [...] The Śrāvakas were to near IFom a Buddha but they had to wait till the advent of another Buddha for their emancipation. In the meanwhile the Śrāvakas could teach, but they could neither attain Nirvāṇa themselves nor help others to attain it. The Pratyekas were eminent men; they could attain Nirvāṇa by their own efforts, without the help of a Buddha but they could not impart Nirvāṇa to others.

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