Guess, it might depend on your definition of God as in http://www.alanwallace.org/Is Buddhism Really Nontheistic_.pdf Earl
Many people started Buddhist practices with a belief in God. I was one of them, so your correct that a Buddhist can believe in God for which that belief can be held onto or dropped, depending on the persons disposition and effectiveness of the particular form of Buddhism that was chosen.While a lot of this seems to get quite complicated, the simple answer to me (maybe too simple!) is that there is nothing in traditional Buddhism that prevents someone following the Buddha and believing in a God as well. Buddhism does not require a God; it doesn't seem to restrict the concept of a God either. But again, maybe I am oversimplifying.
Christians preach the existence of God, because our scripture tells us to do so. Unfortunately, a lot of my brethren take that to mean, go forth and jam the scripture down everyone's throat. I say, state your peace to those who are receptive and move on. Obsessing about it serves no purpose.It must also be said that many Buddhists are puzzled by Christians who badger them about whether they believe in God. (I get this a lot). Even more puzzling is when Christians tell Buddhists that they "must" believe in God, then they (Christians) get angry and/or become manipulative when Buddhists reject such ideas outright.
Well said.Buddhists see the absence of such an obsession as another example of a mind that is calm and at peace.
Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi in the Jeta Wood at Anathapindika's monastery. On that occasion the Lord was instructing... the bhikkhus with a Dhamma talk connected with Nibbana, and those bhikkhus... were intent on listening to Dhamma.
Then, on realizing its significance, the Lord uttered on that occasion this inspired utterance:
There is, bhikkhus, a not-born, a not-brought-to-being, a not-made, a not-conditioned. If, bhikkhus, there were no not-born, not-brought-to-being, not-made, not-conditioned, no escape would be discerned from what is born, brought-to-being, made, conditioned. But since there is a not-born, a not-brought-to-being, a not-made, a not-conditioned, therefore an escape is discerned from what is born, brought-to-being, made, conditioned. (Udana 8,3)
No idea.And how would various Buddhists view this, Thomas?
That rather begs the question, who isn't?I'm aware Thich Nhat Hanh has no problem with a belief in God, as long as we're talking about the ground of being.
And how would various Buddhists view this, Thomas?
I'm aware Thich Nhat Hanh has no problem with a belief in God, as long as we're talking about the ground of being.
http://www.tricycle.com/blog/god-or-human Not quite true. EarlThe excerpt provided by Tom dosent reference God in any capicity. Oftentimes theistic views on God tend to be colloquially used terms during conversations and debates.
There is no deity in Buddhism, yet theism isn't discouraged either in cases involving a practitioner's personal view, but isn't addressed in Buddhist practice.
However as you may already know, a strongly held belief is certainly a detriment past the holistic benefits that arise from Buddhism. In short, a person cannot practice Buddhism if you hang onto the bone of theism without first letting go.