Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

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Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

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Re: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

Postby Admin_PC » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:14 pm

Sounds like polemics to me.

I've seen discussion boards where Theravadans have pointed the finger at Mahayanists for incorporating Hinduism into their Buddhism. While it may (or may not) be true that Mahayana co-opted Vedic Devas and re-cast them in the Mahayana-Buddhist world view; it is true that in every Theravadan country, various Hindu deities continue to be revered in their original Hindu forms. It's almost impossible to imagine Thai Buddhism without the ever-prevalent figures of the Hindu Ramayana, for example. Interesting that you bring up Avalokiteshvara, as he is worshiped in Burma as Lokanat, Sri Lanka as Nātha, and Thailand as Lokesvara. From the very beginning, Hindu Devas have been mentioned in the Suttas, and mindfulness of the Devas was one of the practices that the Buddha recommended, so it's a bit odd to see these attempts at a distinction.

http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/lank ... /we01.html
http://maungpaw.blogspot.com/2008/12/th ... -gods.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... call-devas

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Re: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

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Re: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

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Re: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

Postby zamotcr » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:34 pm

Thanks plwk for your concise answer.

I will look at each link you posted. Thanks so much and you're right.

I like the quote at the end:

"Who sees me in forms,
Who seeks me in sounds,
He practices a deviant way,
And cannot see the Tathagata"

Thanks! :anjali:

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Re: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and hindu gods

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