A 'solitary awakened one'. Sometimes used as a term of reproof, to refer to students who get entangled in personal striving for illumination. One of the characteristic marks of pratyekabuddhas is that they do not teach.
(Skt.): Solitary Buddha/Realiser. Follower of the HINAYANA tradition, concentrating on basic Buddhist teachings like the 12 LINKS OF INTERDEPENDENT ORIGINATION, 4 NOBLE TRUTHS etc. to attain LIBERATION (NOT Buddhahood).
A self-enlightened buddha who is unwilling or unable to teach others. (rang rgyal, rang sangs rgyas). 'Solitarily Enlightened One.' A Hinayana Arhant who attains Nirvana chiefly through contemplation on the twelve links of dependent origination in reverse order, without needing teachings in that lifetime. He lacks the complete realization of a buddha and so cannot benefit limitless sentient beings as a buddha does. see Pacceka Buddha.
A Pratyekabuddha (Sanskrit) or Paccekabuddha (PÄli), literally "a lone buddha" or "a buddha on his own" is one of three types of enlightened beings according to some schools of Buddhism. The other two types are the ÅšrÄvakabuddhas and Samyaksambuddhas. They are said to achieve enlightenment on their own, without the use of teachers or guides, by contemplating the principle of dependent arising.