THE ASPIRATION FOR BUDDHAHOOD
"NAMO TASSA BHAGAVATO ARAHATO
Honor to the Exalted One, Freed from all bondage's, and fully Enlightened.
From the period know in Buddhist history as Nanda Asankheyya, more than twenty aeons ago today, our Lord Gotama The Buddha had practiced (manopranidhana) the act of wishing by thought, to become a Buddha in the presence of about the 125,000 Fully Enlightenment Buddhas whom He met in the course of (Samsara) the cycle of birth and death.
Also from the period of Sarva Bhadra Asankheyya up to the period Sarva Saila Asankheyya, our Lord the Gotama practiced (vaci-pranidhana) the act of wishing by expression to become a Buddha in the presence of the 387,000 Buddhas he met.
Thus it was in the aeon known as "Saramanda Kalpa", He met Dipankara Buddha and made "Kayapranidhana" and practices it.
Although Enlightenment is not a thing that could be attained so easily, it should be everyone's aim to become enlightened.
To become a Bodhisatta or Buddha-elect, one must have the following Pre-requisites :-
Sumedha the hermit (who later became Bodhisatta) who possessed all these eight qualifications to tread the path of a Buddha-elect, did receive the verbal announcement from Dipankara Buddha that in the distant future, Sumedha will definitely become a Buddha.