by Ven S. Dhammika "No, we do not. According to the teachings of the Buddha, there is no belief in a singular or personal god. Buddhism is motivated by a promise to escape suffering; Christianity is motivated by love for God and others. So, do Buddhists believe in God? Not exactly. Christianity is rooted in love for God first, then for people (Matthew 22:34-40). The Buddha's teachings and Theravada Buddhism are essentially atheistic, although neither deny the existence of gods. No, we do not. Often you might read that "Buddhists believe" such and such a thing when in fact that doctrine belongs only to one school and not to all of Buddhism. The path to Enlightenment … 2. There are several reasons for this. The Buddha says: Gripped by fear people go to sacred mountains, sacred groves, sacred trees and shrines. Buddhists often pray to Buddha or recite his name in their prayers, but they do not believe that Buddha is divine. According to the teachings of the Buddha, there is no belief in a singular or personal god. But, Buddhist's don't believe God can end suffering. The Buddha, like modern sociologists and psychologists, believed that religious ideas and especially the god idea have their origins in fear. Buddhist beliefs are based upon a constant state of change and therefore there is no permanence and a belief in a god would entail such permanence. A wise man once said: 1. I do … But it’s complicated in part because Buddhism is as broad a collection of religious traditions as Christianity is. There are inherent and fundamental differences between Buddhism and Christianity, one significant element being that while Christianity is at its core monotheistic and relies on a God as a Creator, Buddhism is generally non-theistic and rejects the notion of a Creator God which provides divine values for the world.. There's a big difference between escaping pain and showing love. Buddhism is not about either believing or not believing in God or gods. So, do Buddhists believe in God? Do Buddhists believe in a god? However, atheism is also perfectly compatible with Buddhism too, and some Buddhist thinkers reject the concept of a creator based on Buddhist philosophy and doctrine. There are several reasons for this. Only the teaching's of the Buddha can help us end suffering through wisdom and the activity of compassion. Do Buddhist believe in god? The Buddha, like modern sociologists and psychologists, believed that religious ideas and especially the god idea have their origin in fear. So, a Buddhist can believe in, and even worship a God, should they wish but enlightenment can only be achieved by one’s own effort, it is completely up to the individual. While Buddhism touches on the importance of love, it is only a portion of its belief. There is no belief in a personal god. Rather, Buddhists believe that all of nature – and all the energy in nature – is god. I mean… No. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. Well…. Buddhist beliefs are based upon a constant state of change and therefore there is no permanence and a belief in a god would entail such permanence. Rather, the historical Buddha taught that believing in gods was not useful for those seeking to realize enlightenment. In Mahayana Buddhism, however, the universe is populated with celestial buddhas and bodhisattvas who are worshipped as gods and goddesses. In his whole life and in all his teachings the Buddha never said anything about the One God of the desert. Buddhists do not believe in God like that. 3.

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