So we have many recollections. Even in Majjhima Nikaya the recollection of Hermit Buddhas names. How come in Vimuttimagga already they give recollection of Siddhartha Buddha only? And in Nikayas there is no recollection of Buddhas. How come recollecting deities seemed more important than recollecting Buddhas?
Yes. I am noticing that was not part of early Buddhism. I didn’t find it in Petakopadesa. And also there is no special sutta saying to recollect their names by Buddha. It’s just telling their story and the other which dispensation lasted longer.
So because this sutta is really awesome and strong. I am assuming EBT started with a hermit Buddhas movement. I assume they believed other wise. They where not Awakened for themselves as sutta say. Even commentary say they just don’t establish a sasana. They teach. But I believe there must have been a belief where special ones decide to make a sasana. Or just that they where born in a age to do that.
Think of the reaction the nikayas have of Buddha after Awakening. Sounds like a hermit Buddha.
I shall declare the names of the Buddhas awakened for themselves; I shall extol the names of the Buddhas awakened for themselves; I shall teach the names of the Buddhas awakened for themselves. Listen and pay close attention, I will speak.”
I imagine that sutta was changed a bit but it’s very mystical. I like it.
Btw your in EBT. Never found it strange only Kassapa Buddha is in Suttanipata? Even that sutta is explained by a Author to be corruption. Maybe from Mahakassapa nikaya sutta they made a similar in suttanipata.
I’m suggesting that it actually started with Hermit Buddhas, and not much later the full Buddhas. I actually just read the parallel. There is a contrary believe. It says the hermit Buddhas had to leave the earth before 2 years, because there can’t be two Supreme Ones on earth. But that doesn’t make sense. Since they are more hermit Buddhas. seems they tried to propagate this doctrine. But before Buddhism probably had faith in many hermit Buddhas being able to live at the same time. It’s like the parallel treating hermit Buddha and Full Buddhas the same.
It’s interesting. But also there mention of Bodhisattvas, Arahants, Buddhas. As if that was the three paths. But it’s obvious late addition. Probably Mahasanghika
I think this was referring two “full” Buddhas at the same time.
I don’t think this was excluding the possibility of two “hermit” Buddhas.
I am not sure about whether a “hermit” Buddha and a “full” Buddha can co-exist at the same time though.
At that time, the Paccekabuddhas cremated their bodies while they were up in space and attained final Nirvāa. Why? There cannot be two [persons] called Buddhas in the world [at the same time]. This is the reason they attained Nirvāa. [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’.
But what started it. Obviously Buddha was hermit Buddha. Meaning living alone