Why is Buddhism the only religion that has such ideas about it floating around ? You never hear people saying that kind of things about christianity or islam.befriend wrote:Infinity or eternity does not mean endless time it means that time is just a notion. In Buddhism there is no concept of time so the idea of there being a beginning does not apply.
Buddhism is a religion started by Buddha Gautama. He taught a specific set of things. Buddhism is not some form of empty word where you can just throw wathever ideas or philosophies you want in it and claim it's buddhism. Maybe that can happen in mahayana or tibetan where you generally can just throw all kind of ideas or philosophies or gods or new age stuff etc. and make a big soup out of it all. But Theravada buddhism follows the teachings of the historical Buddha.
The nikayas have 10.000 pages. They cover every possible misunderstanding that can appear, no matter how subtle, let alone gross ones. The way this world works is very specific, it's like engineering not like politics. "Whether there is a Tahagata in the world or not, the world will still work the same". This is why the teachings are very specific and very in detail. Buddhism is not some form of New Age religion where you just throw stuff into it and everything is cool.