Tsondue Sangmo wrote:How is possible for human beings (or sentient beings in general) to achieve the qualities of a perfect being called a Buddha?
If you are going to take this approach, you need to define your goal: what do you imagine Buddhahood is? In other words, you need to define those qualities. Within that definition you will begin to discover your answer.
Thank you for replying Mr. Namdrol.
I am trying to understand the possibility for a sentient being to achieve Buddhahood as is view, I think, in general Mahayana Buddhism. In this sense, I do not want to imagine what a Buddha can be, but just to take and understand Buddhist scriptures in the literal sense, if this is the correct approach. Therefore, It seems that in the Mahayana, a Buddha is someone who after reaching the ten bhumis is not more tainted by the klesas and so is possible for him to show the qualities of Buddhahood like the four fearlessness, the 18 distinctive qualities like freedom from making any mistakes and so on; and also displays the 32 bodily marks, etc. So in this sense I hope I am not making a vast generalization since I think all Mahayanist (with the exception probably of Zen?), believes this can be achieved as described.
I am trying to understand and learn more from a broader Mahayana (and Buddhist in general) perspective beyond the modern (and some old) Zen literature (and zazen practice) I have been in contact for some years now. But I want to approach this matter not on faith but understanding. And in this sense, my question, I believe, goes to the central matter of why to practice Buddhism and the true possibility of going beyond suffering and achieving total freedom for the benefit of others.
So, again, I believe I need to start, by the A,B,C of Dharma if I want to have a meaningful understanding so that I can approach practice correctly.