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What did the Buddha have to say about God? - Dhamma Wheel

What did the Buddha have to say about God?

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What did the Buddha have to say about God?

Postby Satori » Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:05 am

Was he Atheist on this issue? Or Agnostic? Or did he not talk about it?

People say there is no God in Buddhism , and yet I heard stories of people being religiously Jewish and Buddhist , and stories of people being Christian and Buddhist. I have also read that in Japan, Gods or Kamis were interpreted as being manifestations of the Buddha, which sort of implies the Buddha is like a God - to those who accepted such a belief.

I am not saying this is wrong, but I would have thought there would be confusion, through mixing worldviews.

So what did the Buddha have to say about God?

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Re: What did the Buddha have to say about God?

Postby Digger » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:12 am

1) Some people who say they are some other religion plus Buddhist may be having a real hard time letting go of things that were deeply ingrained into them since their early childhood.

2) One thing the Buddha taught was to not bother speculating about things, especially things that don't further your way on the path.
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Postby Jason » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:12 pm

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Postby Paññāsikhara » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:10 am

Although we often point to various topics and then ask "but does it lead to liberation?", as if to say that there is no point talking about such things, it pays to keep in mind that for a large number of people, their own fixed views about these topics acts as an obstruction to the path to liberation, and as such, the Buddha talked to them about it, and so should we. For example, for those who believe that everything in this world happens due to God, then it is certainly worth discussing what the Buddha said about these things so that they can divest themselves of these wrong views, establish right view, and practice accordingly. Although we ourselves may not have this wrong view, it does not mean that others are also free of it.
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Postby Digger » Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:46 am

Isn't the Bhuridatta Jataka from the 13th century (not part of the Pali canon)? Is it still considered "authentic" for lack of a better word?
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Re: What did the Buddha have to say about God?

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A Japanese man has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that destroys and replaces files on a victim PC with manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins. Masato Nakatsuji, 27, of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, was quoted as telling police: "I wanted to see how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested."

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A Japanese man has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that destroys and replaces files on a victim PC with manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins. Masato Nakatsuji, 27, of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, was quoted as telling police: "I wanted to see how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested."

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A Japanese man has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that destroys and replaces files on a victim PC with manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins. Masato Nakatsuji, 27, of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, was quoted as telling police: "I wanted to see how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested."

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A Japanese man has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that destroys and replaces files on a victim PC with manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins. Masato Nakatsuji, 27, of Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, was quoted as telling police: "I wanted to see how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested."

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Postby Paññāsikhara » Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:54 am

"anicca" and "khana" are two different words, though the latter is inexplicably tied up with the former.
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