[N.B. This is the forum that was called ‘Exploring Buddhism’. The new name simply describes it better.]
I think that someone here in the forum once told the story of a master about this issue. The master replied (to someone who was saying that suffering is an illusion): try to put yourself in front of a car at high speed and then tell me if suffering is an illusion! Same thing about being already a Buddha.
So, when we say "I am already a Buddha" we are refering to the noumenon level. At the phenomenoun level we are not Buddhas.
Just my opinion.
It was a turning point for me, with that answer. I was too focused on the material implications(blame it on my material education ) that I missed the point of the path. Am very thankful to have received that answer at that point of time.
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