To Tibetans, a Buddha is a being -- both human and divine, either male or female -- who has "awakened" from the sleep of ignorance and has purified all evil, a being who has "expanded" limitlessly the power of his or her compassion and accomplished all goodness. A Buddha is a form of life that has achieved the highest evolutionary perfection possible. He or she is perfect wisdom (the experience of the exact nature of reality) and perfect compassion (the embodiment of the will to other's happiness). Buddhahood transcends suffering and death and incorporates the perfected abilities to experience and communicate happiness to all living beings.