since some things called 'buddha' are just emanations of a buddha or even qualities of buddha(s), just finding a place which says that one buddha is another is not evidence, nor does saying that all buddhas are one from the pov of their dharmakaya count as evidence that they are not multiple streams/multiple persons
um yes it does.if Vairocana Buddha says he is Shakyamnui and Shakyamuni says he is Vairocana Buddha that seals the deal.being the same Buddha is the very diffinition of Singular(same one Buddha with different names hence Singular)
if you wanted to prove that buddhas are singular you'd have to disprove the many sutras which talk about different people reaching buddhahood and nirvana,
the Buddhist Sutras teach there is No-Self that reaches enlightenement,so it is incorrect to think that your "self" reaches and attains Buddhahood.
your view is that of one that thinks his "self" can be purified and that his "self" will become Enlightenened.
you are simply voiding the No-Self self teachings and positing upon Buddhas seperate individual Selves.
different buddhas residing in different places performing different activities, etc. youd also have to explain how persons strive for enlightenment individually and yet are all singular.
that easy to explain all person have seperate individual selves that seek for enlightenement in the end they realise there is No-Self,being No-Self there is no individual selves that attain or realise Enlightenement(there is No worldy Self in Enlightenement) hence there is no individual self that attains enlightenement and no Buddhas with individual personality/selves that makes them seperate.......and unique individuals.
(again you are trying to say the person(self) becomes enlightened,you are making enlightenement "YOURS" "I" and "mine" hence you are voiding the No-Self teachings and positing our individual selves as being purified and Enlightenend your trying to keep 5heaps(self)
as far as the Buddhas resisiding in different places,that is also easy to explain all Buddhas are manifestations of the same Mind Only,one mind different Bodies
Now, I, Vairocana Buddha Am sitting atop a lotus pedestal; On a thousand flowers surrounding me Are a thousand Sakyamuni Buddhas. Each flower supports a hundred million worlds; In each world a Sakyamuni Buddha appears. All are seated beneath a Bodhi-tree, All simultaneously attain Buddhahood. All these innumerable Buddhas Have Vairocana as their original body. These countless Sakyamuni Buddhas All bring followers along -- as numerous as motes of dust. They all proceed to my lotus pedestal To listen to the Buddha's precepts. I now preach the Dharma, this exquisite nectar. Afterward, the countless Buddhas return to their respective worlds And, under a Bodhi-tree, proclaim these major and minor precepts Of Vairocana, the Original Buddha. The precepts are like the radiant sun and moon, Like a shining necklace of gems, Bodhisattvas as numerous as motes of dust Uphold them and attain Buddhahood. These precepts are recited by Vairocana, These precepts I recite as well. You novice Bodhisattvas Should reverently accept and uphold them. And once you have done so,Transmit and teach them to sentient beings.
the individual selves(5heaps/SOB/john/mark) are not the Buddha with NO-Self we cease and the Buddha Manifests in our places
the idea is that its not possible to do so without positing an essence independent of the aggregates which marks the aggregates as the person and encompasses all aggregates. its much simpler to have this generality vs instance debate regarding cows or pens then it is buddhas, since nonbuddhists posit essences for objects in general not just persons
YES this is exactly what i am trying to say.the 5 aggregates are born,originate and are produced in Ingnorance(look up the 12 links of dependent origination)
and as you know the Buddha doesnt have the 3 poisons(greed,anger,IGNORANCE)so Enlightenement is seperate from the 5 aggregates which come from Ignorance.
if Enlightenemnnt was or is dependent on the 5 Skandhas/Aggregates then this would mean enlightenement is originated in ingorance.
But as you say what do the sutras say on the subject?
Mahaparinirvana sutra Chapter 7 On the 4 aspects
"Also Emancipation is giving up the actions of ones childhood days. It is the same with Emancipation.It does away with the 5 Skandhas.Abandoning the 5 Skandhas is true emancipation.True Emancipation is the Tathagata(Buddha)