---Good question. Put me through some real "soul searching",lol.

 Yes, all beings are inherently awakened. It is more a matter of 
wiping away the dust from our eyes than any attainment. Ego deludes 
us into a sense of self, but this is an illusion. Dissolving the 
self disolves the dust.

So is it possible all beings arrive at an actualized awakening? 
Establishment of a will to the truth is hard to come by, the world 
twist in samsara. And even with a cessation of suffering there is no 
end to suffering. So the opportunity to misstep from the path is 
before us every moment. Even Buddhas are susceptible to suffering.

I cannot claim to have the answer here, I suspect it truly has no 
answer. All I can do is go forward and assist the world and the 
people in it.

In gassho, Guy

 In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "sungmanitu28" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> During his Dharma talk yesterday, my Roshi was discussing the 
> Bodhisattva vow and how a Bodhisattva promises not to leave 
> until all beings reach enlightenment.  He then indicated how 
> this would be since, even is all adults were enlightened as soon 
as a 
> baby was born there was another being that needed to be 
> This got me to thinking and I wondered whether babies are not 
> enlightened.  Is enlightenment no the absence of attachment and 
> desire?  A baby does not have any real attachment or desire when 
> are first born.  Of course they have hunger and quickly develop 
> attachment to their parents.  However, does hunger count, surely 
> Buddha was hungry, he ate.  Are babies, at the first moment of 
> not already enlightened beings?

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