All living beings, as told by the Buddha, possess the innate quality for
awakening. Dual practice of blessedness and wisdom points to
attainment of Buddhahood. For all living beings are complete with
the suchness of existents (bhutatathata in Sanskrit) and enlightened
mind pertaining to the prajna wisdom as well as with blessedness
accumulated from efforts in delivering all other living beings.
There were in the past many, many saints who, in enlightenment,
attained Buddhahood, like Amitabha Buddha of the Pureland of
the West, the Healing Buddha of the Pureland of the East, and
Maitreya Buddha of the Tusita Pureland, who is bound for Buddhahood
in the future lifetime and shall undertake to deliver all living
beings. You and I are the Buddhas of the future. We, too, are bound
for Buddhahood from lifetimes of committed cultivation and practice
of the bodhisattva way.
With Sakyamuni Buddha the Original Teacher as the religious founder
of the saha world of the present, all living beings are immeasurable
and so are the Buddhas.
With immeasurable living beings as attainers of Buddhahood in the
past, there are immeasurable Buddhas and hence immeasurable
With the Buddha as awakener, the saint of enlightening self, enlightening
another, and enlightening process complete, we ordinary folks fail
to gain the reward of Buddhahood because of the primordial Buddhanature
being veiled with all the distress, delusion, and attachment of