moksha wrote:I still hold a belief in a God [is the existence of a god completely ruled out in Buddhism?
Hey prabhu, I'm a (sort of*) theistic Buddhist, so hit me up sometime for a chat.
(*I don't believe in a Christian-style God, but a "Ground of All beings, who is beyond being personal and rewarding and punishing and stuff)
I don't find the view of God and Buddhism, or even True Self ("soul") to be against Buddhism.
It may be worth reading the Kunjed Gyalpo (aka Kulayarāja Tantra). That's like, a goldmine. Here's two excerpts:
" ... everything is Me, the All-Creating Sovereign, mind of perfect purity ... I am the cause of all things. I am the stem of all things. I am the ground of all things. I am the root of all things ... There is no other Buddha besides Me, the All-Creating One."
"I am the core of all that exists. I am the seed of all that exists. I am the foundation of all that exists. I am the root of existence. I am 'the core', because I contain all phenomena. I am 'the seed', because I give birth to everything. I am 'the cause', because all comes forth from me. I am 'the trunk', because the ramificationsof every event sprout from me. I am 'the foundation', because all abides in me. I am called 'the root', because I am everything."
There is also the Dharmakāya, Sokei-an, the Japanese Zen monk, said:
"Dharmakaya [is] the equivalent of God ... The Buddha also speaks of no time and no space, where if I make a sound there is in that single moment a million years. It is spaceless like radio waves, like electric space - intrinsic. The Buddha said that there is a mirror that reflects consciousness. In this electric space a million miles and a pinpoint - a million years and a moment - are exactly the same. It is pure essence ... We call it 'original consciousness' - 'original akasha' - perhaps God in the Christian sense. I am afraid of speaking about anything that is not familiar to me. No one can know what IT is ..."
Bear in mind, prabhu, there are some Buddhists who are opposed to these views, but there are many who are not.
Hope you enjoy your time here.