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Bahulikā, Bāhulikā

A heretical sect among the Buddhists, an offshoot or Gokulikā (Mhv.v.5; Mbv.p.97).

The Dīpavaṃsa (Dpv.v.41) calls the adherents of this sect Bahusuttakā. According to Tibetan sources (Rockhill, p.183) they derived their name from their teacher, Bahusrutiya. In addition to the five propositions held by the Mahāsaṅghikā, they considered it as a fundamental doctrine that there is no mode of life leading to real salvation, that the truth of suffering is the Noble Truth, that to perceive the suffering of formations (saṅkhārā) is to enter perfect purity, that there is no way of seeing the misery of suffering and the misery of change; the Saṅgha is but subject to worldly laws and conditions, Arahants acquire the doctrine of others, there is a rightly taught way and a right entry into attainment (samāpatti). Ibid., 189.

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