I understand "enlightenment" to be one's ability to live from that place of peace and silence. Therefore, one's "level" of "enlightenment" can be determined by their level of understanding and ability to live from this "place".
If the above is accurate, my question is....
If Siddh?rtha Gautama is so celebrated for achieving the "ultimate enlightment"....What does that say about all of the "Zen masters" over the years? Why are they not as celebrated as Siddh?rtha Gautama? Have they fallen short of achieving this "ultimate enlightenment"? If so, why are they considered Masters?
Thank you in advance for helping me understand. Please remember that words are cumbersome, but I've tried to explain myself as clearly as possible.