The attainment of Buddhahood, the path through which it is attained, really begins with the generation of bodhicitta, which is the intention to attain liberation so that one can bring all beings to that same state. Since this is the motivation with which the path is begun, when the result of the path, buddhahood, is attained, it is naturally spontaneous, impartial, and nonconceptual compassion. Therefore, we regard buddhas as having an awareness that is responsive to the needs of beings, so they are open and accessible to our prayers and supplications.
from the book Medicine Buddha Teachings
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