EA38.7 [MN116], Paccekabuddhas, by Anālayo

Anālayo, “Paccekabuddhas in the Isigili-sutta and its Ekottarika-āgama Parallel”, Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, 2010, vol. 6 pp. 5–36.

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EA38.7, MN116


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This doesn’t make sense.

At that time, the Paccekabuddhas cremated their bodies while they were up in space and attained final Nirvā􏰃a. Why? There cannot be two [persons] called Buddhas in the world [at the same time]. This is the reason they attained Nirvā􏰃a. [Just as] among travelling merchants there cannot be two leaders, or in one country there cannot be two kings, so in one Buddha-field there cannot be two [persons] called ‘Supreme One’.

Because that means Hermit Buddhas are Supreme Ones. But the story is 500 Hermit Buddhas on Earth. It’s shows they where trying to introduce the new believe of one Buddha at a time. But EBT probably believed before in any amount at one time.