Buddhahood (samma-sam-bodhi or supremely fulfilled enlightenment) is a process of self-improvement that goes far beyond the level sufficient for personal liberation. It comes with the ability to effectively teach the Dharma enlightenment rediscovers.
|Kick ass, Buddha! Hell yeah, Ireland!|
|Oh, I get it now. I thought I could hire someone.|
We ourselves must tread the Path;
|I get it, I get it now. It's as simple as this.|
Death comes to the powerful and the famous just as surely as it comes to the meek and unknown. And with death there is a loss or shedding of worldly power, wealth, and fame. Again and again it happens.
Seeing the goal within sight, one presses on gladly, knowing that soon one will reach the journey’s end. Not for anything in the world would such a person change places with one who is still lost and wandering, hopelessly lost in the desert with no guide to point the way out.
Time and time again in the beginningless succession of past lives which is our existence in saṃsāra, we worldlings have sought power for its own sake [or for its false sense of safety and many possible privileges]. There is something terribly fascinating about the idea of power.