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May 31, 2016


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"the Buddha through his own efforts awakens to ultimate reality of which there is nothing higher—not even God"

Do you distinguish in the Buddha a merely human element compounded of the five aggregates distinct from the transcendent principle or Buddha-nature (Tathagata-garbha) ? A merely samsaric entity cannot attain liberation by its own efforts; rather we view the enlightenment of the Buddha more like the unfolding of a transcendent seed into a flower.
It is this same active unfolded principle of the Buddha the is almost always necessary for the dormant extra-samsaric seeds in other sentient beings to grow.

"Nor could Muhammad’s revelation be attained by others as is the case with the Buddha’s awakening".

But also, it seems, in the Pali Canon it is clear that the awakening of the Buddha has many additional aspects and elements which are not attainable by the ordinary arhant.

Also here it appears you are using the word "God" in the sense of the "supreme brahma" of the Pali scriptures. But here is where the Mahâyâna is essential. The Pali Canon stops short there. We note that Dionysus the Areopagite, Plotinus and Eckhart also use the same language of a true principle beyond all gods, a super-god.

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