Ten Titles of a Buddha
"Every Buddha has a myriad titles, but people's memories are too poor to remember so many names clearly in a single lifetime. Somewhere in time, the Buddhas of the ten directions and the three periods of time held a meeting and decided they would simplify the myriad titles of a Buddha to one thousand. However, eventually a thousand were still too many, so the Buddhas investigated the question again and further simplified the matter so that each Buddha had one hundred titles. With the passage of time, that again was still too many, and so finally they were reduced to ten titles, which all Buddhas share. Those ten titles are:
2) One Worthy of Offerings
4) One Perfect in Clarity and Practice
5) Well Gone One
6) Unsurpassed One Who Understands the World
7) Hero Who Subdues and Tames
10) World-Honored One.
I. "The first title is Thus Come One
He has followed the way which is Thus
And come to realize Proper Enlightenment.
That is one explanation. The Vajra Sutra says:
Principle and specifics are nonÄ dual. The Flower Adornment Sutra takes as its creed the harmony of principle and specifics. The title 'Thus Come One' exemplifies the non-obstruction of noumenon and phenomenon.
II. "The second title is One Worthy of Offerings
III. "The third title is 'One of Proper and Universal Knowledge
IV. "The fourth title is One of Perfect Clarity and Conduct,
V. "The fifth title is 'Well Gone One,
one who has gone to a good place, the very best place.
VI. "The sixth title is Unsurpassed One Who Understands the World.
Bodhisattvas are called 'Surpassed Ones,' for there are still the Buddhas above them. A Buddha, however, is unsurpassed. Since he understands all doctrines, both mundane and transcendental, he is one who well understands the world.
VII. "The Seventh title is 'Hero Who Subdues and Tames,
VIII. "The eighth title is 'Teacher of Gods and Humans.
IX. "The ninth title is 'Buddha"
X. "The tenth title is 'World-Honored One.