Thursday, July 23, 2009

Persons of Highest Capacity

Those who, through their personal suffering,
Truly want to end completely
All the suffering of others
Are persons of supreme capacity.

2 comments:

  1. Persons of highest capacity are the bodhisattvas who vow to liberate all beings from samsara. Aspiring bodhisattvas aim to achieve complete buddhahood because only a completely enlightened buddha has the capacity to liberate beings on a vast scale. Arhats and solitary buddhas can help others, but their help is limited to what they can accomplish in their lifespan. Because buddhas attain the non-abiding nirvana, which makes no distinction between samsara and nirvana, they are able to liberate beings through countless incarnations through countless lifetimes. Arhats attain nirvana, but it is a one sided nirvana. Mondane beings remain in samsara and so are not able to liberate others.

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