High Holiness Buddha Karmapa 17th Trinley Thaye Dorje.
Leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, one of main four Tibetan Buddhism Schools.
Who is Buddha?
'Buddha (Tib. Sangye): denotes the enlightened state of mind.
The Sanskrit word buddha translates as 'The Awakened One.'
The Tibetan word sangye means 'completely purified of all veils that obscure the clarity of mind (sang) and complete development of all inherent qualities of mind (gye)'. These qualities include fearlessness, spontaneous joy, active compassion, wisdom, and activity for benefit of all beings.
The buddha of our age is the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, the fourth of 1,000 historical buddhas who will manifest in this eon. Every historical buddha introduces a new period of dharma.'
-- Quoted from 'Buddha & Love' by Lama Ole Nydahl.
Blog author's comments.
The Goal of every Buddhist is to achieve Enlightenment, to become buddha.
After achieving Enlightenment, one does not cease to work for others - one just gains 'momentum', i read.
Enlightenment is the Base, Way & Goal.
OM MANI PEME HUNG
Namaste, as well.