Buddha did not say seeing everyone in terms of enlightenment, he said seeing everyone is in the enlightened state. That is the intent of the phrase. This experience has a particular significance in parsing what enlightenment is. There are many different perspectives one can experience when seeking enlightenment, but in fact, no experience you have when seeking enlightenment is enlightenment, though there might be a glimpse of what it might be like in some way. But seeing that everyone is in the enlightened state is a critical benchmark.
Be that as it may, perhaps, because you said anyone can gain enlightenment, and you seem to have that perceptual knack of insight, you could create a list of everyone currently posting, and let us know where we are on the scale of things enlightened. Obviously Barry and I and others that tend to vaguely associate with each other are likely near the bottom of the barrel as far as spiritual progress. You have been on the forum under various names for more than twice as long as I have, so you should also have insights on some other recent posters who are no longer with us. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote : Sure, everyone is seen in terms of enlightenment, NOT that all beings are enlightened - a ridiculous notion. So, for example, I see you as ignorant, and have let you know what you must work on, to gain your enlightenment. Simple. It is a different perspective, but, no, there is no magic. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <anartaxius@...> wrote : One of the things mentioned about Buddha's enlightenment is that at that moment he said that 'all beings were simultaneously enlightened with his awakening'. The phrase is translated in different ways but they all basically say the same thing, that with awakening all beings were perceived as enlightened. I presume Jim can clarify what this means.