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I have some general questions about Buddhism?

Postby edwhys211 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:43 am

1. In Buddhism, how did the universe get created, and why does life exist?
2. I understand many Buddhists are also atheists. How can powerful things such as karma and reincarnation exist without some powerful force maintaining them?
3. What happens when you die?
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Re: I have some general questions about Buddhism?

Postby Kusala » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:07 am

edwhys211 wrote:1. In Buddhism, how did the universe get created, and why does life exist?
2. I understand many Buddhists are also atheists. How can powerful things such as karma and reincarnation exist without some powerful force maintaining them?
3. What happens when you die?


These type of questions are irrelevant in Buddhism. You might want to take a look at this link:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/bs-s16.htm
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Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed, is that Blessed One: He is the Holy One, fully enlightened, endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the Knower of the worlds, the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.

Homage to the Teachings
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectly expounded; to be seen here and now; not delayed in
time; inviting one to come and see; onward leading (to Nibbana); to be known by the wise, each for himself.
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Re: I have some general questions about Buddhism?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:41 am

edwhys211 wrote:1. In Buddhism, how did the universe get created, and why does life exist?
2. I understand many Buddhists are also atheists. How can powerful things such as karma and reincarnation exist without some powerful force maintaining them?
3. What happens when you die?


1- The Buddha didn't answer those questions.
2- That's the same as asking how can the laws of physics exist without god.
3- If you are not enlightened, you are reborn acording to your karma. If you are enlightened, the Buddha didn't give an answer saying that they exist after death, or that they do not exist after death, because the disciples would fall on either eternalism or nihilism.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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Re: I have some general questions about Buddhism?

Postby cooran » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:55 am

Hello edwhys211,

Thank you for asking. I hope these links will prove of interest to you:

The God-Idea
http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/wh ... ev/259.htm
What Buddhists Believe – The Origin of the World
http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/wh ... ev/297.htm
The Buddhist Attitude to God by Dr V. A. Gunasekara
http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebdha068.htm
Where do we come from and where are we going?
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda05.htm
CRITIQUE OF CHRISTIAN ARGUMENTS FOR GOD'S EXISTENCE
http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/be ... yond02.htm

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Re: I have some general questions about Buddhism?

Postby Yana » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:43 am

Hi Edwhys211 :smile: ,

1. In Buddhism, how did the universe get created, and why does life exist?

The universe has no beginning and no ending.It is inconceivable.Millions of world systems are born and destroyed.And it continues on and on.Life exist because if the conditions are right, then you have life.

2. I understand many Buddhists are also atheists. How can powerful things such as karma and reincarnation exist without some powerful force maintaining them?

Karma is a powerful force indeed.But it is also just a natural ""Cause and Effect Process".You don't need a God to pull down a pen when you drop it,just like you don't need a God to maintain karma.Why does a pen drop down? Because of the gravitational pull..There's nothing miraculous about it.One thing just causes another thing to happen.

In Newton's Law of Motion,Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction. This applies to everything including the moral sphere.Everything around you is maintained and balanced by a perfect give and take equilibrium.

3. What happens when you die?

The 5 Aggregates dissolve.
5 Aggregates is YOU*.The You as You know now are made up of these 5 things:
1.The Body
2.Feelings
3.Perceptions.
4.Mental Fabrications.
5.Consciousness.

But because Ignorance,Greed and Aversion still exists in the mind, it gives into craving and we get reborn.Because we are always craving.Even in death we crave a better place,a peaceful state or we crave to be away from things we fear.Why? because everyone wants to become something,wants to be safe from something,wants to find something,be something,regret something,numb something,runaway from something,..even in death there's always something..

I hope this helps :hug:

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