Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion

It is possible to have some very interesting realizations just by thinking carefully about basic observations the Buddha made. After he awakened, he taught from the perspective of one who is awakened, and he taught in a cultural context that was very different from ours, so what was obvious to him may not be obvious to us. Awakening is an experience that you cannot undergo just by thinking, but some thoughts can be useful as guideposts or beacons.