Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

I heard that Buddhists don't actually believe there is a God. Is that true?

Could you explain.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Entirely depends on the sect. Theravada Buddhists view the Buddha as a teacher rather than a deity, so they are more atheistic.

    Mahayana Buddhists, on the other hand, do view the Buddha as a deity to be revered as a god.

    The answer is both yes and no, depending on which sect you base it upon.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Buddhism, like Jainism, teaches that there is not a creator god. No prime mover. A series of interwoven events we perceive as cause and effect, with nothing at the top of the chain - because it's not a linear chain.

    However, in varying sects of Buddhism, there are entities and people held as "gods". However, the term is an adaptation between languages, and is an attempt to reconcile communication of concepts between Buddhism and the Abrahamic religions. (The same really applies to Hindu "gods" as a term.)

    Some sects venerate Buddha (Siddhartha Guatama) as a deity. Some venerate various other Bodhisttava. Read for more:

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Some Buddhists think that.

    Wikipedia says:

    "Gautama Buddha refused to express any views on creation[1] and stated that questions on the origin of the world are distractions and irrelevant to our present level.[2][3] The non-adherence[4] to the notion of an omnipotent creator deity or a prime mover is seen by many as a key distinction between Buddhism and other religions.

    Rather, Buddhism emphasizes the system of causal relationships underlying the universe (pratitya samutpada) which constitute the natural order (dharma). No dependence of phenomena on a supernatural reality is asserted in order to explain the behaviour of matter. According to the doctrine of the Buddha a human being must study Nature (dhamma vicaya) in order to attain personal wisdom (prajna) regarding the nature of things (dharma). In Buddhism the sole aim of spiritual practice is the complete alleviation of stress in samsara,[5][6] called nirvana.

    Some teachers tell students beginning Buddhist meditation that the notion of divinity is not incompatible with Buddhism,[7] and at least one Buddhist scholar has indicated that describing Buddhism as 'non-theistic' may be overly simplistic;[8] but many traditional theist beliefs are considered to pose a hindrance to the attainment of nirvana,[9] the highest goal of Buddhist practice.[10]

    Despite this apparent non-theism, Buddhists consider veneration of the Noble ones[11] very important,[12] although the two main traditions of Buddhism differ mildly in their reverential attitudes. While Theravada Buddhists view the Buddha as a human being who attained nirvana or Buddhahood, through human efforts,[13] some Mahayana Buddhists consider him an embodiment of the cosmic Dharmakaya, born for the benefit of others.[14] In addition, some Mahayana Buddhists worship their chief Bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvara,[15] and hope to embody him.[16]

    Buddhists accept the existence of beings in higher realms (see Buddhist cosmology), known as devas, but they, like humans, are said to be suffering in samsara,[17] and are not necessarily wiser than us. In fact the Buddha is often portrayed as a teacher of the gods,[18] and superior to them.[19] Despite this there are believed to be enlightened devas.[20]

    Some variations of Buddhism express a philosophical belief in an eternal Buddha: a representation of omnipresent enlightenment and a symbol of the true nature of the universe. The primordial aspect that interconnects every part of the universe is the clear light of the eternal Buddha,where everything timelessly arises and dissolves"

  • Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,

    Not really. The goal of Buddhism is not dependent on deities, but the VAST majority of them do. To say "Buddhism is atheistic," is a blatant lie. Both Theravada and Mahayana mention deities- they are just also subject to the Wheel of Samsara.

    Love is the law, love under Will.

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  • 8 years ago

    some do, some don't. Buddhism doesn't actually take a position of its own on the existence, number, or nature of deities which is why its more of a philosophy than a religion

  • Vanity
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    They recognize a supreme power over the entire universe and those inhabiting it, only they see it as all being as ONE with....and that the powers that be come from within yourself. Only going by what I have read and it's been awhile since I've read it over again...

  • 8 years ago

    Some do, some don't.

    Depends on the school of Buddhism in question.

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