By Martin G. Wiltshire
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His religious practice is aimed at improving his circumstances within the conditions of samsara. These values are indicated by the term lokiya (this-wordly) in Canonical Buddhism, to distinguish them from those values which have a transcendental frame of reference. By 'monachist' practices we understand the bhikkhu' s mode of livelihood as a 'pabbajita', 'one who has gone forth' from home to the homeless life and its associated forms of conduct. The bhikkhu' s values are centred upon the spiritual attainments made possible by the act of going forth (pabbajja) from household life pabbajja confers upon him a unique social identity and assists 6 The Paccekabuddha in Early Pali Sources his religious objective of detachment and an end to rebirth.
1 Passages buddha which 1 might refer to the Pacceka- There are some passages occurring in the four Nik~yas and elsewhere which do not explicitly mention paccekabuddhas but which nevertheless provide fairly strong grounds for supposing that they are being referred to. We shall cite a passage or passages taken from three different contexts and forward reasons why it is arguable they allude to these specific ascetics. We hope to show that the descriptions in these passages bear some relation either to some specific attribute or to the general picture of the paccekabuddha presented elsewhere in Buddhist literature.
709,719,221; cf. l65). 702; sabbadhi samo: •remaining the same in all circumstances' v. 226-17). 854-5,858), he responds with neither pleasure nor displeasure (v. 811; cf. also v. 954), with neither desire nor grief (v. 852-3). He is specifically distinctive for his control of speech (v. 71113). 713), silent like the vast ocean (v. 721). On the subject of 'speech' the figure of the muni is contrasted with the sama~a: the latter 'while knowing, teaches dhanana and speaks much' (v. 722); the former, 'while knowing, is restrained and speaks not much' (v.
Ascetic Figures Before and in Early Buddhism: The Emergence of Gautama as the Buddha by Martin G. Wiltshire