God in Buddhism
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 4/17/14
I find the idea of a religion that rejects the existence of a god very interesting. Despite its origins of being "anti-deity" why is Goonyum posat (Guanyin) so often referred to as a god in many Chinese mythology relating to buddism? MANY people believe in one Guanyin who has the ability to fly on clouds, will the seas and storms and make it hail. It surprises me that so many people in China believe in Buddhism but do not know what their religion entails: there being no god.

For me it would be wrong to say that buddism is a special religion that only promotes the way of life, different from Christianity because there are many believers that really do believe there is a god in buddism.
Posted 4/17/14
There's always been deities involved in Buddhism. It's different from Western deities in the sense that deities in Buddhism are still "suffering" and haven't attained the pure state of "nirvana" or non-existence.

In Buddhism, if you've done good deeds, you become a deity in the next life. But you can only reach "nirvana" if you let go of all your humanly desires in any particular life time.

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Posted 4/18/14
I.... Won't touch most of the misinformation that has already, or will happen in this thread.

Guanyin (Kuan-yin) is a Bodhisattva, not a Buddha, not a deity per se.

Buddha is not perceived as a god in any of the three original sects of Buddhism. Neither are Bodhisattvas.
Posted 4/20/14
How can there be any gods in the nothingness beyond death?
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Posted 4/21/14 , edited 4/21/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

There's always been deities involved in Buddhism. It's different from Western deities in the sense that deities in Buddhism are still "suffering" and haven't attained the pure state of "nirvana" or non-existence.

In Buddhism, if you've done good deeds, you become a deity in the next life. But you can only reach "nirvana" if you let go of all your humanly desires in any particular life time.



In Buddhism... you would be reborn again based on karma you accumulated (Six path of reborn)...

You don't automatically become a deity if you've done good....
...You can be reborn as an saint(enlightened being) through meditation and attaining true nirvana...
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Posted 4/25/14
Buddha is God, but he never admitted this. Buddha was the 10th incarnation of Vishnu who is God and one of the gods in Hinduism.
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Posted 5/26/14
Well...there are "gods" in Buddhism, they're just not omnipotent or immortal (just really powerful and really long-lived). They are subject to the cycle of samsara, experience suffering brought about by desire, and accumulate karma in both directions just like anyone else. I suppose if you really, really want to stretch things you might consider Amida Buddha to be a god, but that's not really what he is. Amida Buddha is sort of like the highest, wisest Bodhisattva, a spirit which has itself reached enlightenment but stays around to guide others toward the same. You might call them saints, with Amida Buddha being the highest saint.
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Posted 5/29/14
Buddhism is one of those special cases in Religions.

The thing with Buddhism is it's so syncretic that it's really hard to define and give a solid definition and meaning to. Though in some forms of Buddhism there are gods some types of Buddhism have gods, some don't. Depends on the branch you follow and practice. The main goal and idea of Buddhism is to acheive enlightenment, which is the goal for all buddhists.

But there are many ways of finding this enlightenment. The key thing is simply learning, Buddhism supports learning and the only way to acheive enlightenment is by doing this. And this is where it breaks off, many interpret this main meaning of Buddhism differently and go about different ways of trying to be enlightened.

That's why Buddhism is one of those religions that might not be defined as a religion, but more as a way of life, which is why Buddhism goes so well with science and atheism. It goes so well with these things because in some branches there is no god and gods are not a focus in Buddhism, and since Buddhisms main goal is to acheive enlightenment by learning it often partners well with Science. So in all you can be an atheist and Buddhist.

Sorry this was so long, didn't know how to really explain this, hope it helped.

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