Dear Sara H,
Thank you for clarifying your position!
Sara H wrote:Look the fact is, that there is actually more than one meaning ascribed to this word.
The whole "external, creator, deity, etc, etc" definition is the Christian one.
I agree with both parts of this statement, but it would be naieve to use the word God in a conversation with "Joe Blow" without taking into account that they will most probably be using the term in a way that does not coincide with your definiton. I am not saying that you are not entitled to your defintion, nor am I saying that "Joe Blow" has the valid definition, I am not saying that you wish to deceive all I am saying is that common convention defines the term as... and I am trying to understand why you would not use it in its conventional manner.
May I suggest, broadening your glossary?
Broadening ones glossary does not entail trying to change the commonly accepted meaning of a word, it means adding new words to describe an object/phenomenon. In our case God can be named as: Allah, Yaweh, Theos, Demiurge, Adam Kadmon, Ahriman, El, Saklas, Samael, Satan, Yaldabaoth, Mbombo, Atum, Ptah, Unkulunkulu, Nanabozho (Great Rabbit), Coatlicue, Viracocha, El or the Elohim, Esege Malan, Kamuy, Izanagi and Izanami-no-Mikoto, Marduk, Vishvakarman, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, The sons of Borr, Rod, Ipmil, Radien-Attje (Radien Father), Ranginui (the Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (the Earth Mother), Uranus and Gaia, etc...
All of these defintions though have a common characteristic: they define an independently existing creator. This characteristic not is found anywhere in Buddhism (or Jainism for that matter).
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master