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What does “Buddha” Mean?


The word “Buddha” is an honorific title meaning “enlightened one” and is bestowed upon a person who has perfectly fused his subjective wisdom with the objective reality of life. A Buddha perceives that all phenomena ultimately are the expression of one mystic entity or law permeating all existence and that this mystic law is one with the Buddha’s life itself. A Buddha’s life manifests boundless joy, vitality and good fortune in each moment.

The teachings of a Buddha are called the Dharma or Law because his enlightened words reveal his wisdom which is one with the essence of all life and nature. Buddhism is the teaching which enables common mortals to fuse their minds with that of the Buddha and experience the hidden treasure of wisdom and virtue within their own existences as well. In the eye of the Buddha, all beings and the lands in which they live manifest the life of Buddha.