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Postby mettatrader » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:58 pm

I have been brought up as a Christian, however, recently I feel a very strong draw towards Buddhism, hence why I am reading lots of Buddhist books, and posting on this forum! If anything I feel like a "Christian Buddhist" but given that is probably not possible (or is it?!?!) can you help me reconcile the 'spiritual' questions below that I am encountering in considering the two faiths!

Everything I have read so far about Buddhism makes perfect sense, but I am a bit confused on the 'God' issue.

My understanding from some things I have read is that Buddhists deny the existance of God, but other Buddhist publications say that God is all around us (e.g. in a beautiful flower, in a nice view, in a thunderstorm, even in us!)

My question is, which of the above, (if either) is correct.

Also, if there is no God, who do you thank when you see a beautiful view or other pleasing event and just feel great to be alive, and so thankful for what you have - who do you pass the feeling of gratitude onto!? Finally, how do you deal with painful times, if there is no one to ask for help.

If any of you can assist, perhaps even those who have made the transition from one faith to another, I would love to know how you feel.


Thanks for answering these questions, I appreciate it!

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Postby rowyourboat » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:16 pm

Hi mettatrader!

Buddhists dont place much emphasis on denying or proving the existence of God. God doesnt play a big role at all in this tradition- I call it a tradition because someone could argue that without a belief in a God, calling it a religion is incorrect.

However we do believe that purifying our minds is of utmost importance. If believing in God helps you with that, it might be helpful to have that belief (as mentioned above we believe a 'MahaBrahama' exists in a high 'heavenly' plane). If you find that your mind is purer without a belief in God, that is also another way forward.

We believe that Buddhism ('dharma') can be understood by those who are wise.. and wise to the ways of their own minds. Part of this is understanding what certain beliefs do to us- in terms of how it prompts us to act in the world at large. If a certain belief helps us to be kinder to other people then it sounds like a belief worth keeping- if it causes us to go into war with other people, perhaps it is better to be left behind.

I hope this is making some sense to you. :anjali:

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What is it about Christianity that has you looking elsewhere?

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Postby Viscid » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:55 pm

I've been reading the writings of Christian mystics, and their description of deep states in contemplative prayer sounds remarkably similar to that of deep states in meditation. The main difference being that the peace they experience is attributed to an external God rather than that which arises within themselves. This would suggest that regardless of one's view of God, one can practice with a great deal of success.
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Re: God!

Postby alan » Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:55 am

Best to just drop the idea of God.
Mixing beliefs is a time-consuming mess that will lead nowhere.

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