T 1670B Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra

Part 2: Dialogues

2.56. The Buddha’s Teacher

The king asked Nāgasena again, “Did the Buddha learn, know, and practice the Dharma and precepts?”

Nāgasena replied, “The Buddha did learn, know, and practice the Dharma and precepts.”

“Then from what teacher did the Buddha receive the Dharma and precepts?”

“The Buddha had no teacher. When the Buddha attained enlightenment, he knew by himself the Dharma, the Path, unlike his disciples who had to learn and know the teaching from the Buddha. They needed to practice it until old age.”

“Excellent, Nāgasena.”