Visuddhimagga VIII-22

Kathaṃ paccekabuddhato?


Ñ(VIII,22): How by comparison with Paccekabuddhas?

Yepi te attano ñāṇavīriyabalena sabbakilesasattunimmathanaṃ katvā paccekabodhiṃ pattā khaggavisāṇakappā sayambhuno, tepi maraṇato na muttā, kuto panāhaṃ muccissāmīti.


Ñ: Even those who by the strength of their own knowledge and energy crushed all the enemy defilements and reached enlightenment for themselves, who [stood alone] like the horn of the rhinoceros (see Sn. 35f.), who were self-perfected, were still not free from death. So how should I be free from it?

Taṃ taṃ nimittamāgamma, vīmaṃsantā mahesayo;

Sayambhuññāṇatejena, ye pattā āsavakkhayaṃ.

Ekacariyanivāsena, khaggasiṅgasamūpamā;

Tepi nātigatā maccuṃ, mādisesu kathāva kāti.







Ñ: To help them in their search for truth

The Sages various signs employed,

Their knowledge brought them self-perfection,

Their cankers were at length destroyed.

Like the rhinoceros's horn

They lived alone in constancy,

But death they could no way evade;

What can be said of those like me?

Evaṃ paccekabuddhato anussaritabbaṃ.


Ñ: It should be recollected in this way by comparison with Paccekabuddhas.

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