What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

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What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby lucidaromulus » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:34 pm

Hi,
i would like to know if there's any teachings/sutras mentioning what happends after all sentient beings attain buddhahood / enlightenment?

also if possible please state if it is theravada/mahayana/tibetan buddhism/zen or other school's teachings.

thanks :namaste:
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Lhug-Pa » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:54 pm

If you search in the forums (or site:Dharmawheel.net in Google advanced search) the terms "Basis" and/or "Kalpa" you'll get some good discussion results. :anjali:
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby LastLegend » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:21 pm

It will be like a TV. When it is off, you don't see the images. When you turn it on, there are images.
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:31 am

What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?


All the "gods" in the upper realms convene for a council? . . :tongue:
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby asunthatneversets » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:17 am

Wesley1982 wrote:
What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?


All the "gods" in the upper realms convene for a council? . . :tongue:


Well they better convene now because there'll be no gods left when all sentient beings attain buddhahood :tongue:
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby catmoon » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:49 am

When ignorance is finally defeated, tea and cookies will be served.
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:48 pm

Tea and cookies? I prefer coffee and pie personally!
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby LightSeed » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:08 pm

catmoon wrote:When ignorance is finally defeated, tea and cookies will be served.


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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby udawa » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:35 pm

lucidaromulus wrote:Hi,
i would like to know if there's any teachings/sutras mentioning what happends after all sentient beings attain buddhahood / enlightenment?

also if possible please state if it is theravada/mahayana/tibetan buddhism/zen or other school's teachings.

thanks :namaste:


There's an interesting article by Donald Lopez, 'Paths Terminable and Interminable', that looks at how some Tibetan (Gelugpa) teachers have approached this issue, in this book http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=hu0oIf0n87IC&pg=PA147&lpg=PA147&dq=donald+lopez+paths+terminable&source=bl&ots=F7NkK57w8t&sig=DGLM24Es-0LPzzdh121nBypJKEs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mT6UT8PcOIH28QOYhLjNDA&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=donald%20lopez%20paths%20terminable&f=false

In the final section, On the End of the Path, Lopez quotes Gyaltsab (one of Tshongkhapa's successors) "He points out that if all beings attained Buddhahood, then the last bodhisattvas would have very few beings for whose welfare they could strive.... He thus worries that it would be impossible for the last bodhisattvas to amass the collection of merit essential for the attainment of Buddhahood.'
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:23 pm

Coooool!!!

I imagine though that there would be a bohisattva out there that has vowed not to reach enlightenment until all the remaining bodhisattvas have reached enlightenment via their suffering! ;)
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Blue Garuda » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:55 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:Coooool!!!

I imagine though that there would be a bohisattva out there that has vowed not to reach enlightenment until all the remaining bodhisattvas have reached enlightenment via their suffering! ;)



If the Bodhisattvas were English they would form an orderly queue and say 'after you', 'no, after you' -for a few kalpas. LOL :)
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Diamond Scepter » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:26 pm

PARTY!!! :woohoo: :juggling: :jumping: :rolling:
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby catmoon » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:32 am

"The Last Bodhisattva" is not a problem. Millions of Buddhas would happily populate his world with emanations so that he could practice and accumulate merit. And when he attained Buddhahood that would be it. Nobody left but Greg.


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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:10 am

Blue Garuda wrote:If the Bodhisattvas were English they would form an orderly queue and say 'after you', 'no, after you' -for a few kalpas. LOL :)
If they were Greek they would rudely jostle and push past each other, use their personal sway with the door keeper to get in faster, argue and start a punch up and finally, after a few kalpas and a lot of needless stress, they would all cross over. :tongue:
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One will not attain the real result
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby lucidaromulus » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:44 am

catmoon wrote:"The Last Bodhisattva" is not a problem. Millions of Buddhas would happily populate his world with emanations so that he could practice and accumulate merit. And when he attained Buddhahood that would be it. Nobody left but Greg.


:woohoo:


Conspiracy: what if i'm the only unenlightened being? and every being in this world including those in this forum are emanations of Buddhas?

i'm just kidding :lol: or should i be kidding :shock:
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Simon E. » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:51 am

Personally i would recommend not taking stuff too literally.

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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Nighthawk » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:59 am

Beings are infinite so that will never happen.
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:34 am

Infinite and finite are terms that are completely irrelevant to enlightened beings. ;) Don't take my word for it, ask the Buddha inside you!
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby GarcherLancelot » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:44 am

lucidaromulus wrote:
catmoon wrote:"The Last Bodhisattva" is not a problem. Millions of Buddhas would happily populate his world with emanations so that he could practice and accumulate merit. And when he attained Buddhahood that would be it. Nobody left but Greg.


:woohoo:


Conspiracy: what if i'm the only unenlightened being? and every being in this world including those in this forum are emanations of Buddhas?

i'm just kidding :lol: or should i be kidding :shock:


Lol,sometimes I wonder if I am the only one "in the dark","not knowing the the reality" in this world,what if everyone else in this world(YES YOU!) are here just to test me?Lol.
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Re: What happens when all sentient beings attain Buddhahood?

Postby dg2foto » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:38 pm

If we can see all sentient beings attaining buddhahood we are already a buddha.
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