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A school of early Buddhism.founded by Vātsīputra, that separated from the Sthaviras around the 3rd century bce and which was later condemned as heretical on account of their espousal of the ‘personhood theory’ (pudgala-vāda). This posited the existence of an indescribable something which was ‘neither the same as nor different to’ the five aggregages (skandha) and that acted as a basis for rebirth andkarma. It was rejected by more orthodox schools as too similar to the non-Buddhist heretical ātman concept.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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