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Introduction to Buiddhism

Chen Rei Se
5 Dhyani Buddhas
Medicine Buddha
Quan Yin



The Buddhas

    Buddhism is actually composed of many different Buddha's. Some of these Buddha's are Saints, buddhist's that lived long ago and have achieved a status of reverence. Usually these Buddha's perform a specific function. For example the Medicine Buddha was actually a living human being who was renowned as a healer and therefore healing has become associated with him in Buddhist practice. Other Buddha's are considered to be primordial in nature. This means that they existed prior to the existence of mankind. These Buddha's have specific functions as well. In addition they are capable of assuming a human incarnation if it is necessary for them to do so.

    The central figure in Buddhism is the Buddha, but Buddha is a term used to describe a particular type of person. The person who is referred to as the Buddha is known as Shakyamuni, but is also known by his true name Siddhartha Guatama. He is recognized by all Buddhists as the first human being to obtain enlightenment. Enlightenment refers to a mental state of awareness that is awake to the true nature of existence and is free from all internal and external forces. Through the acquisition of enlightenment a person obtains Buddha consciousness. This consciousness exists in each individual whether they are aware of it or not. Those who are directly aware of it are Buddha's. Those who are indirectly aware of it are not. Because of this condition it can be said that Buddha consciousness is undifferentiated, which means that the Buddha consciousness which resides in one human being is the same Buddha consciousness that resides in another. In Buddhism it is accepted that Buddha consciousness resides in all sentient beings, which includes animals, insects and microorganisms. This Buddha consciousness, because of its undifferentiated nature is that portion of a being which is eternal and therefore exists outside of space-time. It is because of this aspect that Buddha's have been reported to be able to travel through material objects, great distances, and through time itself.

    Although Buddha consciousness is undifferentiated and therefore the same everywhere it is encountered, when it chooses to manifest itself to the physical world it must take on a persona in order to be recognized. It is for this reason that there are many different Buddha's. The truth is that they are all one and the same, but display different attributes in order to be recognized. A key example of this is the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is the physical manifestation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. This association has confused many people throughout time because it presents the question of where Chenrezig actually is. In truth Chenrezig is everywhere and nowhere. He resides both outside and inside the Dalai Lama, but his existence inside the Dalai Lama occurs only because the inner essence of the man known as Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama) reflects the persona of Chenrezig as accurately as is physically possible. It is not a situation where Chenrezig is now residing inside the Dalai Lama and therefore unapproachable by myself except through him. The real transcendence occurs when I come to recognize Chenrezig and all the other Buddha's in myself. When this occurs access to Buddha consciousness is direct and permanent. This is the purpose of meditation and empowerment's.


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