A Buddha?

Buddha is a title meaning `Awakened One’ which Siddhattha Gotama called himself and was called by others after he attained enlightenment.

More than an individual, a Buddha is a type, a human being who has reached the apex of wisdom and compassion and is no longer subject to rebirth. Buddhas attain enlightenment entirely on their own, whereas an arahats do so as a result of listening to and practicing the teachings of a Buddha.

The Buddha of our present era is Siddhattha Gotama, but tradition says that there were other Buddhas in previous eras, just as there will be Buddhas in the distant future. When the truth of the Dhamma becomes lost or obscured, someone will sooner or later rediscover it and such a person will be called a Buddha.

A Buddha is described as one who `draws back the veil of ignorance from the world. Any human being who is awakened to the fundamental truth about life can be called a Buddha. Buddhahood] is the joy of joys. Birth, old age, illness and death are no longer suffering, but part of the joy of living. The light of wisdom illuminates the entire universe, casting back the innate darkness of life. The life-space of the Buddha becomes united and fused with the universe. The self becomes the cosmos, and in a single instant the life-flow stretches out to encompass all that is past and all that is future. In each moment of the present, the eternal life-force of the cosmos pours forth as a gigantic fountain of energy.

Peace and Love, Jim

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