in reply to Eastern Monks vs. Western Monks

FWIW, the buddha should be the top level. Buddha is a term for enlightnement.
Buddha- one who has awakened, used to describe those who have attained complete and perfect enlightenment. Often used to describe the last historical Buddha (Guatma of the Shakya clan)
Bodhisattva-a Buddhist term meaning "wisdom"(bohdi) and "essence"(sattva) indicating either the exalted spiritual condition of Shakayamuni before he was incarnated into this realm, or in the Mahayana form of Buddhism, someone who has undertaken the vow oto renounce Enlightenment until all others are able to be enlightened
Definitions courtesy of The Bodhisattva Warriors by Shifu Nagaboshi Tomio copyright 1994 by Weiser Press.

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Re (tilly) 2: Eastern Monks vs. Western Monks
by tilly (Archbishop) on Jul 30, 2001 at 07:06 UTC
    I think that Buddha is an inappropriate title for a PerlMonk. A Buddha has achieved enlightenment. They are beyond this world and are useless except as examples showing us that enlightenment is achievable. However the Bodhisattvas remain and assist others, just as people here assist. I like that image of active assistance of others more than the gracious acceptance of enlightenment recieved.