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Buddhist Dictionary by NYANATILOKA MAHATHERA
pacceka-buddha:an 'Independently Enlightened One'; or Separately or Individually (=pacceka) Enlightened One (renderings by 'Silent' or 'Private Buddha' are not very apt).This is a term for an Arahat (s.ariya-puggala) who has realized Nibbāna without having heard the Buddha's doctrine from others.He comprehends the 4 Noble Truths individually (pacceka),independent of any teacher,by his own effort.He has,however,not the capacity to proclaim the Teaching effectively to others,and therefore does not become a 'Teacher of Gods and Men',a Perfect or Universal Buddha (sammā-sambuddha ).- Paccekabuddhas are described as frugal of speech,cherishing solitude.According to tradition,they do not arise while the Teaching of a Perfect Buddha is known; but for achieving their rank after many aeons of effort,they have to utter an aspiration before a Perfect Buddha.

Canonical references are few; Pug.29 (defin.); A.II,56; in M.116,names of many Paccekabuddhas are given; in D.16 they are said to be worthy of a Thūpa (dagoba); the Treasure-Store Sutta (Nidhikhandha Sutta,Khp.) mentions pacceka-bodhi; the C.Nidd.ascribes to individual Paccekabuddhas the verses of the Rhinoceros SuttaKhaggavisāna Sutta,Sn.) - See bodhi

See The Paccekabuddha,by Ria Kloppenborg (WHEEL 305/307).

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