zAnt wrote:I've seen on different sites that they don't. But then I come here and see much talk of gods... I'm confused, is it a personal belief or universal? Does it apply to the different branches of Buddhism?
Also, let me kill two birds with one stone here.... what a terrible phrase haha. But what branch should I practice? Where do I start?
Individual Buddhists might or might not believe that there are gods. In Buddhism, they are quite unimportant. They are ordinary sentient beings like we are, with the same problems. There is no creator-god in Buddhism.
Practice whichever branch catches you interest. They all lead to the same place. The Buddha taught 84,000 variations on the Dharma just so that there would be a suitable version for everyone.
Regarding the distasteful expression, Jo Stepaniak (vegan cookbook author and philosopher) suggests "to cut two carrots with one knife".
Om mani padme hum