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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 10. How is the Nature of Buddhahood to be Understood?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40747


Asking about the nature of “buddhahood” is no small matter. Just as traditions of Abrahamic theology have not necessarily agreed regarding the nature of God, so too “Buddhology”—confessional or academic interest in buddhas and their nature—cannot provide one definitive account of what it is to be a buddha. The question invites an overview of how the Buddha (or buddhas) have been understood across roughly two-and-a-half thousand years of history.

Chapter Contributors

  • Christopher Jones ( - cjones1) 'University of Cambridge'