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Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby zenfor on Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:45 am


Answer: Not any person is a future Buddha. Because only cultivating oneself in the world, one then have the possibility to become a Buddha. There exist people vowing not to cultivate themselves in the world for ever and ever. As a result, they lose the chances of becoming Buddhas.
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:52 am

Was a Buddha in the past.

Traded it in for being a Bodhisattva.

It's taking some "doing", but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Of course, there is no time-limit. I know I'm stuck in this job for an unforseeable number of lifetimes. Serves me right, signing in permanent ink, and not Magic Marker.

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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby Avisitor on Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:15 am

Karma ...
When one plants an apple seed, does one reap oranges??
So when one does good, one reaps the actions of one's doing
And when one does evil, one reaps the actions of one's doing

Is anyone a future Buddha??
My very faith is that there will be another Buddha
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby another_being on Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:14 am

Another way of expressing it is that all beings are presently buddhas, but our various delusions, illusions, afflictions, block out this truth.
Maitreya, in another sense, is always here, now and waiting patiently where one stands. Buddhas are all around us.
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby Bodhidharma on Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:47 am

A buddha does not exist in the future. Only in the present.
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:38 am

zf,

zenfor wrote: There exist people vowing not to cultivate themselves in the world for ever and ever.

Oh? Who did you ask about this? ANSWER: no one.

And, did you hear them recite that vow? ANSWER: never.

How about yourself, do you cultivate something somehow? ANSWER: (he / she never answers, so don't ask anything; he / she is just a posting-robot, so far)

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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby anka on Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:32 am

We are all Buddhas.

Realizing this so we can begin action as bodhisattvas is the hard part.

Still not there, or am I? I don't know. :O:
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby clifton on Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:24 pm

Anyone you greet, right?
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby chankin1937 on Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:34 pm

zenfor wrote: Answer: Not any person is a future Buddha. Because only cultivating oneself in the world, one then have the possibility to become a Buddha. There exist people vowing not to cultivate themselves in the world for ever and ever. As a result, they lose the chances of becoming Buddhas.


Hello Zenfor,
There are probably some around now. But they are not prepared to expose themselves to the vitriolic criticisms and abuse of those who wrongly think they know better.
:lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby Mason on Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:54 pm

chankin1937 wrote:Hello Zenfor,
There are probably some around now. But they are not prepared to expose themselves to the vitriolic criticisms and abuse of those who wrongly think they know better.
:lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
Colin


Huh. Must not have very thick skin, then, those Buddhas.
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby desert_woodworker on Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:22 am

No sign of "zenfor" since mid-July.

Should we send out a missing-pulgada report?

Maybe just a "drive-by" post.

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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby cam101+ on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:10 am

I don't understand the question. We are all already Buddhas right now.
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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:36 am

c.,

Let's be a little logical. To be a Buddha, a person who has the potential to be awake must actually become awake.

When one becomes awake, then one is a Buddha (of a kind; of a sort). All the Buddha ever claimed himself to be, was "awake".

If one denies awakening, and denies our original teacher Shakyamuni's awakening under the tree, then there is no awakening (for you), and no Buddhahood to inhabit.

Else, one may be espousing "buji Zen". Sorry: practice (and genuine awakening) is necessary. Membership is never afforded to idlers. :PP:

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Re: Is anyone a future Buddha?

Postby desert_woodworker on Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:58 pm

I'd say the OP is correct in bringing out this understanding:

No practice = no Buddhahood.

"Buddhahood" has the sound of something grand, though (and that's as it may be). For our practical purposes, it's probably better to speak about, say, Awakening. Besides, Buddhas start with Awakening, and come better and better to personify it.

:Namaste:,

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