"The potential Buddha already exists in the sinner; his future is already there"

"If you use your mind to look for a buddha, you won't see the Buddha. As long as you look for a buddha somewhere else, you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha. To find a buddha, you have to see your nature."

- Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk traditionally credited as the leading patriarch and transmitter of Zen.

Yogic practitioner and leader, Osho taught that every human being is a potential Buddha, with the capacity for enlightenment. He believed that everyone is capable of experiencing unconditional love: "You are truth. You are love. You are bliss. You are freedom." He suggested that it is possible to experience innate divinity and to be conscious of one's true identity, when one is able to conquer the false dichotomy of the Self, and the Universe.

"Briefly, a buddha is one who has developed his or her compassion (Tib. tsé) and wisdom (Tib. khyen) to the ultimate level, beyond all limits. Wisdom, in this context, refers not to an accumulation of knowledge but to the ability to see the true nature of things. What characterizes a buddha therefore is wisdom and compassion… According to Buddhism, there is no being, human or otherwise, who doesn't possess some wisdom and some compassion. However bad, however evil, every being has a minimal amount of love, kindness, or compassion, at least for themselves or for one other being."

- Ringu Tulku Rinpoche