mindyourmind wrote: From a theistic point of view, God created everything, is the uncreated creator and all questions can be ascribed to him. Why are flowers, rainbows, puppy dogs - God is the ultimate answer.
From a Buddhist viewpoint, this is wrong, because "things" (flowers, rainbows, puppy dogs)
do not have any intrinsic existence to begin with.
They are only the momentary coming together of various conditions.
In other words, a puppy is not the same thing from moment to moment,
that is "puppy" can be said to exist, and if it doesn't exist, it wasn't created,
and if it wasn't created, then there is no creator.
Yet, the appearance of a puppy occurs.
can thus be regarded as a series of events.
Thus, a puppy is, in fact, a series of events
and what makes that series of events appear to be a thing
created or otherwise,
is the mind
and the same mind is what creates karma and rebirth,
which are also, after all, a series of events.
The theist looks at the constellation Ursa Major and says
"God put those stars into the shape of The Big Dipper
" (or, the Big Bear
, if you prefer)
The atheist says "the shape of the Big Dipper is produced by a purely random arrangement of stars"
The Buddhist says,
"any resemblance to a bunch of stars, and a Dipper or a Bear is created by your own mind"
...and that reasoning, the Buddhist extends to all phenomena,
including flowers, rainbows, puppy dogs, and cases of beer.