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Hakathiis in its descriptions and interpretations than to 25 the four Nikiiyas. The BUDDHA IN THERAVADA BUDDHISM Palisambhidamagga and the Maba and Culla Niddesas are of par­ ticular interest to us in the development of the Buddha's knowledge. Further, the Buddhavarpsa and Cariyapilaka, for the first time in the Theravada school, introduces the Bodhisatta concept together with the doctrine of ten perfections (parami),3< in the truly technical sense. The Buddhavarpsa traces past lives of Gotama Buddha as Bodhisatta to the very beginning when he, for the first time, aspired under the feet of Oipaitkara Buddha to become a Buddha in a distant future.

F. Catu-vesiiraiia (Four Confidences) The Mahiisihanada sutta gives four confidences (cattiiri· vesiiraiiiim) as another aspect of the Buddha's spiritUal attainments. I'" The text san that, endowed with the four confidences, the Buddhf claims, as in the ten tathiigatabala, the leader's place (iisabhattlJiina) 24 TIiE BACKGROUND roars his lion 's roar in assemblies and sets rolling the Brabma-wheel ( . . iisabhaUhiinatp pa rijiin iili, parisiisu sihaniidatp nadati, brahmacakkatp pavatteu). The four confidences are as follows : III The Buddha has the absolute confidence and abides therein that no human, nor deva.

Abhmnif (higher knowledges) are separately referred to at early stages and, subsequently. " as (ollows:" I . Iddhividhii (magical powers) 2. Dibba-sota (divine ear or clairvoyance) 3. Cetopariya-niiJ;Ja or paracittavija-iiiilJa (penetration of the mind of others) 17 The six abhifiiiii are BUDDHA IN TIffiRAVADA BUDDHISM 4. Pubbeniviisilnussati (remembrance of former existences) 5. Dibba-cakkhu (divine eye) 6. e. 4,5 & 6) are collectively desig­ nated as tevijjii. What makes one attain arabantship is the knowl­ edge of iisavakkhaya in the above list.

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