The scriptures tell us that Buddha rains down the Buddha Dharma on all beings in all worlds, past, present, and future. There are none that do not have buddha nature and cannot awaken to the supreme enlightenment.
Though we may not know it, we already possess it. Our buddha nature is our very existence. Yet, unless we learn to make use of it and put it into daily practice the goal of realizing it, it remains very distant from us. Some people mistakenly believe that they must rely upon the favor or grace of a supreme deity, that we cannot accomplish any good thing of our own efforts. In Buddhism we call this a misguided belief in “other power”. As practicers working towards awakening to our innate buddha nature we cannot accept this radical dualism of self and other power. The power within each of us, our buddha nature is always both our own power and the power of the Buddha embodied in us.
Our four part vow: to save everyone, to remove all hindrances to awakening, to study all the teachings, and to attain the Buddha way of supreme awakening is what we have devoted ourselves to pursuing through integrating these four bodhisattva vows into our daily life. Indeed, it is a fundamental tenet of our Mahayana Buddhism that we should live a life of helping others- that our very salvation is a matter of sharing the buddha dharma.