Can we become Buddhas?

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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by bodom » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:02 am

Lucas Oliveira wrote:
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Why did you delete a post from me on this topic?

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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:33 am

bodom wrote:
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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by Kusala » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:25 am

jasday wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:14 pm
There seems to be a lot of different terminology respective to 'enlightened ones': tathagata, buddha, bodhisattva, arahant, etc.

What is the difference amongst these different definitions that make them different. Of course a bodhisattva is someone is going to be a buddha in a future life but would that mean I would be a bodhisattva as well? I know a arahant is someone who is enlightened and became enlightened through the help of a buddha. Does this mean if we became arahants that we could, many aeons from now, be reborn as a perfectly enlightened buddha, to teach devas and humans alike?

Or is a arahant someone who becomes enlightened purely for the objective of purifying oneself and passing to nirvana only to teach a smaller audience?

Are they the same thing or are they different. And if they are different, which one would we become?

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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by Amanaki » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:01 pm

If you reach enlightenment you can become a buddha :) But because of how we live today and much of the texts has been translated incorrect and we tend to not be strickt enough in the practice it is very difficult to reach Buddhahood today.

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Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Post by Kusala » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:48 am

Amanaki wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:01 pm
If you reach enlightenment you can become a buddha :) But because of how we live today and much of the texts has been translated incorrect and we tend to not be strickt enough in the practice it is very difficult to reach Buddhahood today.
I think Theravadins prefer to use the term "Arahant".
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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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?

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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?
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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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