Buddhist believes that everyone can be awakened, that all of us can become a Buddha. This is definitely stressed by Shakyamuni (also spelled as Sakyamuni)Buddha himself. To be awakened means to see reality as it is and not as we think it is. To see reality is to gain true wisdom and this wisdom will free us.
We are not trapped by external conditions, but by our misperceptions and prejudices. Whatever we do, our actions create reactions that come back to affect us. Because of this, we are responsible for our actions. Also because of this, we are responsible for our own salvation. Each one of us is capable of achieving perfection, it may not be easy, but we are definitely capable of it. The Dharma which was mentioned in Basic Buddhism 2 teaches us how.
It is said that there are many ways to achieve Buddhahood, and they fall into three general categories:
1. Performing Good Deeds
3. Studying the Dharma