Detachment is enlightenment
The essence of true enlightenment is detachment. And the goal of those who practice pure awareness is freedom from mundane appearances. All the scriptures in the world speak in unison when they reiterate that: Detachment is enlightenment because it negates appearances. As such Buddhahood means total, unexcelled awareness.
Mortals whose minds imbibe and cultivate in awareness eventually reach the Way of enlightenment and are therefore called Buddhas. Socrates was a Buddha. Pythagoras was a Buddha. Jesus was on his way to Buddhahood. Lao Tzu was a Buddha. Zoroaster was a Buddha. Moses the prophet was a Buddha. The list is endless. As aforesaid, all types of scriptures agree on one thing: Those who successfully free themselves from all appearances are termed Awakened or Enlightened or Buddhas. Therefore, the appearance of appearance as no appearance cannot be seen visually (by use of carnal eyes) but can only be known by means of nonconceptual intuitive wisdom and transcendent insight.
This is a teaching that eludes the understanding of many over countless centuries past. But the discerning person who hearkens this profound teaching embarks on the Great Way and successfully leaves the three realms of greed, anger and delusion. All other human taints are pillared upon these three; as is all human suffering a function of these three as well.
To successfully leave (transcend) the three realms means to go from greed, anger and delusion back to morality, meditation and wisdom. Anyone capable of reflection sees that these three ‘poisons’ have no nature of their own – they are empty by nature. While these are stepping stones, they indulgence and subsequent transcendence leads to one’s realization of their Buddha-nature – perfect enlightenment.