Alternative interpretations can be found in Mahayana Buddhism which claims that anyone can attain Buddhahood
and, further, that several Buddhas can simultaneously emerge in different Buddha-kshetras.
Did they ponder the nature of Buddhahood
and study the sutras?
'..According to Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition, a being that achieves Buddhahood
, although freed from Samsara, the 'wheel of suffering', as the phenomenon of existence is known, will continue to return to work for the benefit of all other sentient beings until such time as each one is similarly liberated.'
Nevertheless, regardless of any limitations or distortions, all beings have the possibility of attaining Buddhahood
, because there is a 'buddha-seed' inherent within all sentient beings.
The theory of royal rule that Jory details in this lucidly presented study is that of the bodhisatta king, a monarch who is a "Buddha-to-be" aiming to attain ten royal "perfections" or barami, virtues that Buddhism teaches are the foundations of enlightenment and Buddhahood
. In Theravada Buddhism a bodhisatta is one who vows to achieve enlightenment in a future incarnation through the accumulation of ten barami, virtues such as patience, perseverance and giving alms to the needy.
Bodhisattvas standing in adoration on either side confer on him a state of Buddhahood
, while his seat is empowered and protected by mythical animals and sea creatures.
It teaches that there is one vehicle that will transport all sentient beings to Buddhahood
, and that the life of the Buddha is immeasurable.
She argues that valorizing pregnancy and the process of gestation as "the most apt metaphor for the effects of indwelling Buddhahood
" makes the denigration of women and their roles in reproduction contradictory.
But Godel did also something else by this demonstration, something akin to what Constantin Brancusi had done: nameley, Godel showed that the status of human science today is nowhere near to reaching the high level needed if man is to hope for some degree of godly perfection--we should remember in this sense Brancusi's regret for never having attained Buddhahood
! Thus, it would appear that Godel's demonstration lifted six of Isis' veils, while definitively establishing that the seventh veil, that of mystery, is never to be lifted, at least if we do not find another way towards complete knowledge.
But they visualize the result in the form of an image of the Buddha or Buddhist saint or spiritual being who manifests specific qualities of Buddhahood
like compassion, wisdom, generosity, calm focus, and transcendental insight.
Even the great Gautama Buddha took six years sitting under the Bodhi tree before he achieved Buddhahood
. What more for us, ordinary mortals?
Kerouac laments, "In America only the silent Buddhahood
may be possible...