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  Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - God in Buddhism
Buddhism is generally regarded as a non-theistic religion.
Although it does teach the existence of “gods” (devas), these are merely heavenly beings who temporarily dwell in celestial worlds of great happiness.
Such beings, however, are not eternal in that incarnational form and are subject to death and eventual rebirth into lower realms of existence.
fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/God_in_Buddhism   (761 words)

 God - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Buddhism is non-theistic (see God in Buddhism): instead of extolling an anthropomorphic creator God, Gautama Buddha employed negative theology to avoid speculation and keep the undefined as ineffable.
Buddhism also teaches of the existence of the devas or heavenly beings who temporarily dwell in celestial states of great happiness but are not yet free from the cycle of reincarnations (samsara).
The God of monotheism, pantheism or panentheism, or the supreme deity of henotheistic religions, may be conceived of in various degrees of abstraction.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/God   (2692 words)

 God in Buddhism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gautama Buddha (as portrayed in the Pali scriptures/ the agamas) set an important trend in nontheism in Buddhism (in the sense of not affirming the existence of an omnipotent Creator God), by refusing to answer certain questions of a metaphysical nature.
Furthermore, in Mahayana Buddhism there is far less reticence on the part of the Buddha to speak of metaphysical matters (including the all-pervasiveness of Buddha's "body" throughout the universe - see trikaya).
While Buddhism does not deny the existence of supernatural beings (e.g., the devas, of which many are discussed in Buddhist scripture), it does not ascribe power for creation, salvation or judgment to them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/God_in_Buddhism   (1386 words)

 The Buddhist Attitude to God
God is generally considered as being concerned with the welfare of his human creatures, and the ultimate salvation of those who follow his dictates.
We have already mentioned that God cannot be reconciled with the Buddhist notion of causality, which is contained in the theory of "dependent origination" which is one of the discoveries of the Buddha during his enlightenment.
Thus God must be free from dukkha; he must be eternal (and hence not subject to anicca); finally he must have a distinct unchanging identity (and therefore lack the characteristic of anattá).
www.buddhistinformation.com /buddhist_attitude_to_god.htm   (3204 words)

 physics - God
For instance, many Christian fundamentalists consider the God of Islam (Allah) to be a false god or demon (although theologians and linguists argue that "Allah" is merely the Arabic word for "God," and not the literal name of a specifically Muslim god).
God is usually held to have the properties of holiness (separate from sin and incorruptible), justness (fair, right, and true in all His judgements), sovereignty (unthwartable in His will), omnipotence (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing), omnibenevolence (all-loving), and omnipresence (all-present).
Rastafarians believe that Haile Selassie is both God the Father and God the Son, made manifest in human flesh as the reincarnation of Jesus, while the Holy Spirit is seen to dwell within all believers (of Rastafari), and within all people (believed by some).
www.physicsdaily.com /physics/God   (3981 words)

 Buddhism - An Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The term 'Buddha' is not a name of a god or an incarnation of a god, despite later Hindu claims to the contrary, but is a title for one who has realised through good conduct, mental cultivation, and wisdom the cause of life's vicissitudes and the way to overcome them.
Buddhism, certainly, is very different from the Semitic religions, but it may surprise many of its critics to know that the Buddha condemned idolatry.
The emphasis in Buddhism is to train one’s self-awareness of one’s actions and their effects on both one’s self and others and to avoid unwholesome actions and cultivate beneficial ones.
www.zip.com.au /~lyallg/buddh.htm   (3849 words)

 Buddhism and God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In all religions (apart from Buddhism) God is the Judge of the Dead.
God is often stated to be omniscient, omnipotent and compassionate, but this is where the trouble starts, as these qualities are mutually exclusive.
God is indefinable (in the sense that limits cannot be set on Her potential).
www.geocities.com /scimah/God.htm   (3921 words)

 The Buddha on God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Buddhism is basically a religion of the mind, of the present moment awareness and of the individual who is in search of an answer to the problems of change, impermanence and suffering within the confines of his own experience as a practitioner of the Eightfold path.
The tenets of Buddhism are not centered around the concept of an universal supreme being, who in other religions, is responsible for all creation and existence.
If God is indeed the creator of all living things, then all things here should submit to His power unquestioningly.
www.hinduwebsite.com /buddhism/buddhaongod.htm   (781 words)

Buddhism has sometimes been called an atheistic teaching, either in an approving sense by freethinkers and rationalists, or in a derogatory sense by people of theistic persuasion.
Buddhism is not an enemy of religion as atheism is believed to be.
Buddhism does not deny that there are in the universe planes of existence and levels of consciousness which in some ways may be superior to our terrestrial world and to average human consciousness.
www.lankaweb.com /dhamma/view4.html   (909 words)

 God in Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
God in Buddhism is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.
Buddhism is not centred on a god, rather, it is a system of philosophy and a code of morality.
www.experiencefestival.com /god_in_buddhism   (930 words)

 Zen for Americans: The God-Conception of Buddhism
One of them declares that Buddhism is a religion which denies the existence of the soul, and the other that it is atheistic or at best pantheistic, which latter term implies what is practically tantamount to the rejection of a God, that is, a personal God as believed in by the Christians.
God is immanent in the world and not outside of it; therefore, when we comprehend the secret of the "little flower in the crannied wall," we
Buddhism is the most speculative of all the existing religions in the world and abounds with many highly abstract terms which may sound empty to ordinary minds.
www.sacred-texts.com /bud/zfa/zfa04.htm   (2262 words)

 Buddhism and Christianity: Buddhist Teaching or the Bible?
Buddhism is a related to Hinduism, and there are a number of similarities.
Conservative Buddhism contradicts the Bible evidence that God exists and that the purpose of religion is to please God.
Buddhism, on the other hand, teaches that to be saved one must overcome this desire and learn to live without marriage (see point IV).
www.biblestudylessons.com /cgi-bin/gospel_way/buddhism.php   (3155 words)

 Talking About God: Doing Theology in the Context of Modern Pluralism
God is depicted as having power over the chaos, that is, power to order it purposefully, but the creatures who express the divine purposes remain other than God.
It may be that the biblical God is ultimate in some respects and not in others, and that the effort to treat God as ultimate in all respects destroyed the fundamental biblical vision.
God is not the answer to the question what the world is but rather to the questions why the world is, how it came into being, and continues in being, and to what end it is directed.
www.religion-online.org /showchapter.asp?title=1626&C=1578   (6813 words)

 Buddhism and God
People new to Buddhism and taking up many of its practices are often perplexed or unresolved as to where God fits into the picture - not that they necessarily //want// God to fit in, but due to their past conditioning they can't help wondering about God's relation to all this.
The Buddha did talk about gods, heavens, hells and beings in all three realms in his teaching, but with one important distinction: all these gods are mortal, all these realms are mortal.
In Buddhism, all gods, //devas// and spirits are mortal.
www.buddhanet.net /budsas/ebud/ebdha268.htm   (4133 words)

Buddhism provided Dhamma or the 'impersonal law' in place of God.
Many scholars consider the evolution of the concept of Buddha as a god or as an object of worship within Buddhism as an effect of Hinduism.
Gautam Buddha never claimed to be God nor did he ask or instruct that he should be worshipped in any way or form.
www.islamawareness.net /Buddhism   (201 words)

 Concept of God in Buddhism by Dr. Zakir Naik
When pressed, he said that if you are suffering from a stomach ache would you concentrate on relieving the pain or studying the prescription of the physician.
However this could not satisfy the craving of human beings and the religion of self-help had to be converted into a religion of promise and hope.
Many Buddhists adopted the local god and thus the religion of ‘No-God’ was transformed into the religion of ‘Many-Gods’ – big and small, strong and weak and male and female.
saif_w.tripod.com /interfaith/general/god/inbuddhism.htm   (308 words)

 Buddhism and the God-Idea
Although belief in God does not exclude a favourable rebirth, it is a variety of eternalism, a false affirmation of permanence rooted in the craving for existence, and as such an obstacle to final deliverance.
Among the fetters (//samyojana//) that bind to existence, theism is particularly subject to those of personality-belief, attachment to rites and rituals, and desire for fine-material existence or for a "heaven of the sense sphere," as the case may be.
Only in one way can Buddhism be described as atheistic, namely, in so far as it denies the existence of an eternal, omnipotent God or godhead who is the creator and ordainer of the world.
www.buddhanet.net /budsas/ebud/ebdha270.htm   (1924 words)

 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> Buddhism And God
God's testament is written on our hearts and not in the pages of paper that are subject to language, corruption and change by the whims of men and rulers.
Christ is not a man. Christ is a tiltle that signifies a nature or annointing spirit that connects with God that is in all men that are born into this world.
I believe that we are all part of "god", have the Buddha-nature within, and are a connected part of all that is. Enlightenment is awaking to that reality that we already experience but do not perceive (because we perceive our self and other selfs).
www.lioncity.net /buddhism/index.php?showtopic=6372   (5297 words)

In the contents of the Suttanipâta we have an important contribution to the right understanding of Primitive Buddhism, for we see here a picture not of life in monasteries, but of the life of hermits in its first stage.
Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher believed to have lived between approximately 563 BCE and 483 BCE on the Indian subcontinent, in the Gangetic Plains area of modern Nepal and northern India.
Gautama is the key figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules were summarized after his death and memorized by the sangha.
www.ishwar.com /buddhism   (863 words)

 Bon Journal at analyticalQ 30 September 2003 Who is god in Buddhism
Buddhism, however, does not give a clear teaching on the consciousness of the ultimate Supreme Being.
It is rather the state where narrow individuality is blotted out and transcendent calm in universality is reached.
We all have a different path, and Buddhists are not into converting people to Buddhism, but more interested in helping people find their own path to happiness.
www.analyticalq.com /journal/j030930.htm   (431 words)

 I Love GOD : Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
One of the major world religions, Buddhism takes as its goal the escape from suffering and the cycle of rebirth and the attainment of nirvana, and it emphasizes meditation and the observance of moral precepts.
Buddhism's main teachings are summarized in the Four Noble Truths, of which the fourth is the Eightfold Path.
Buddhism's two major branches, Mahayana and Theravada, have developed distinctive practices.
simple.ishwar.com /buddhism   (162 words)

 buddhism god   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view.
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www.inkabijou.co.uk /buddhismgod-7665   (287 words)

 God in Buddhism - For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.
God in Buddhism - For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.
Certainly there is no concept of God as the vindictive, judgemental, time-subservient warlord of the Old Testament.
This view of God accords with the grandeur of the Mahayana conception of humanity's place in the cosmos.
home.btclick.com /scimah/God.htm   (4233 words)

 Re: Buddhism and God
Buddhism seems to deny any such thing as a person - either God or >: human.
>Jesus taught "I and the Father are One." The relationship is therefore >that of identity, in which case Jesus seems to be denied as a person, or >God seems to be denied as transcendent.
But he (Jesus) and his father (God) are on in purpose.
www.krishna.org /sudarsana/archive/msg00238.html   (180 words)

 Re: Buddhism and God
We worship Lord Buddha as an incarnation >: of God, but he preached atheism..
He merely refused >to engage in the use of metaphysical entities or beings because this so >often leads to useless theological debate.
That he happened to use the >concept of God and the Buddha didn't is not an essential difference >between the two.
www.krishna.org /sudarsana/archive/msg00228.html   (266 words)

 Concept of god in Buddhism. Mabaho pekpek ni Sheryn Regis -- buddhafil words
In reply to: VARIOUS SCHOOL OF THOUGHT IN BUDDHISM 's message, "Re: Concept of god in Buddhism" on 07:28:18 08/15/05 Mon
According to Buddhism, this is the >>>ultimate goal of life and can be described in various >>>words.
Anas (r.a...) relates: "My >>>mother said to him, 'Oh Messenger of God, here is >your >>>little servant'." Further Anas relates, "I served him >>>from the time I was 8 years old and the Prophet >called >>>me his son and his little beloved".
www.voy.com /49837/777.html   (3767 words)

 God Realm - Buddhism
The first and seemingly highest of the realms is the God realm.
There is always great music and food and you never get a hangover.
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www.bellaonline.com /articles/art33599.asp   (171 words)

 Where is the Spirituality in Buddhism
Many of us started on the path even sneering at the psychological aspect of things, but had to go back to do such things as address our inner child, align the three selves, do a 12 step program, or some form of individual or group therapy.”
This same idea, the idea that we must prepare ourselves to be capable of manifesting the Divine Presence, is the very foundation of Buddhism.
That is, in order to truly make significant spiritual progress we must be free, we must be empty of the little self.
wahiduddin.net /views/buddhi.htm   (1794 words)

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