Sherlock wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong but it is nowhere stated in the Theravadin or Mahayana sutras that one can become a Buddha within one's current life and one needs to practise for thousands of kalpas before one can be a Buddha. So if Buddhahood is a possible goal, there has to be a life wherein one has accumulated enough merit and wisdom to achieve Buddhahood and also where one has the opportunity to receive teachings to attain that. Only Vajrayana and Dzogchen promise this AFAIK; thus the sutras really forewshadow the existence the existence of a teaching higher than themselves. It would seem to me then that if a planet does have teachings corresponding to what are the "lower" yanas in our planet, sooner or later there'd be higher teachings which teach the level of realization hinted at in the lower teachings but not taught as being possible with the methods therein.
If a planet does have what would correspond with our "lower" yanas and no Vajrayana or Dzogchen then I think those teachings would be quite different and wouldn't talk about higher states of accomplishment than stream-enterer at all.
Astus wrote:I find it the same kind of motivational teaching as saying that human birth is rare, meeting the Dharma is rare, etc. The point is to go study and practise, otherwise you're just wasting your time.
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