The true Buddha isn’t limited to the body or mind of a particular person who lived long ago. He is present today, says Jack Kornfield, in teachers pointing the way to a timeless freedom.
Comment – This is much the same argument that Catholics make when they say Jesus is present at the Mass and in daily life. Catholics add a twist, however. They also believe Christ is present retroactively in the Christian Old Testament. That is, before his Earthly birth.