Can we become Buddhas?

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Amanaki
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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by Amanaki » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:57 pm

Sakyamuni did say er can not reach Buddha level og tatagatha level too. Did he?

Komuso
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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by Komuso » Wed May 02, 2018 10:43 pm

I always thought that a Buddha was a trailblazer. One who attained unsurpassed enlightenment on there own. Then they shared what they discovered so others could actualize enlightenment also.

I then understood an arahat to be one who attained unsurpassed enlightenment through the guidance of a Buddha.

Is my understanding close to the Theravada view or way off base?
:sage: Komuso
:buddha1: Namo Amitabha Buddhaya

thomaslaw
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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by thomaslaw » Thu May 03, 2018 1:00 am

Hi

Why do we need to become Buddhas, if dhammas are anatta?

Thomas

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