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Re: Lineage

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Lineage is not factor to be considered in Theravada, where the responsibility is on the individual:

"Therefore, did we say, Kalamas, what was said thus, 'Come Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias toward a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, "The monk is our teacher." Kalamas, when you yourselves know: "These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill," abandon them.'"---AN 3. 65
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Re: Lineage

Post by Dhammanando »

aag wrote: Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:46 pm Regarding: "Usually they're just called "the seven Buddhas of this auspicious aeon" or something of that sort."

Are the seven Buddhas ever sort of collectively referred to as a set with a certain term? Like perhaps a one-word term to refer to the set of seven Buddhas?
I don't know. The Apadāna Commentary says:
“Among these [four types of aeon], that in which just one Buddha arises is called a sārakappa; that in which two or three Buddhas arise is called a varakappa; that in which four Buddhas arise is called a maṇḍakappa; that in which five Buddhas arise is called a bhaddakappa.
(Ap-a 541)
Now there may be some term that means “the designated number of Buddhas for the type of aeon in question” or “the Buddhas belonging to the aeon in question”, but if there is I don’t know what it is.
Svākkhātaṃ brahmacariyaṃ, sandiṭṭhikam’akālikaṃ,
Yattha amoghā pabbajjā, appamattassa sikkhato.

“The holy life is well proclaimed,
directly visible, immediate,
Where not in vain is the going forth
of one who trains heedfully.”
— Sela Sutta
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