A heretical sect among the Buddhists, an offshoot or
Gokulikā (Mhv.v.5; Mbv.p.97).
The Dīpavamsa (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
Mahāsanghikas, 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 the samskāras is to enter perfect
- that there is no way of seeing the misery of suffering and the misery of
- the Sangha is but subject to worldly laws and conditions,
- arahants acquire the doctrine of others,
- there is a rightly preached way and a right entry into samāpatti. Ibid.,