Who is GOD in Buddhism?

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Re: Who is GOD in Buddhism?

Post by Jechbi » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:44 am

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote: I am a malign thug, since the universe is entirely the consequence of my choices. Not Abhidharma karma, but there it is.
Maybe it's more like: "I am a malign thug, since the universe as I experience it is entirely the consequence of my choices." No?
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Re: Who is GOD in Buddhism?

Post by clw_uk » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:21 am

True but in Mahayana with its karmic maximalism, since the universe is a torture chamber
What a strange thing to say in Buddhadhamma


Dukkha is there because of ignorance, not because of the universe


If you think you suffer because of the universe or life in general then, to me, you dont understand Dhamma


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Re: Who is GOD in Buddhism?

Post by tiltbillings » Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:31 am

Jechbi wrote:
Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote: I am a malign thug, since the universe is entirely the consequence of my choices. Not Abhidharma karma, but there it is.
Maybe it's more like: "I am a malign thug, since the universe as I experience it is entirely the consequence of my choices." No?
Yes.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

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Re: Who is GOD in Buddhism?

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:37 am

Greetings Jechbi & Tilt,

Yes... that would make for more sense to me.

I was hoping to clarify what KDT meant, and to see whether it matches that or not.

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Re: Who is GOD in Buddhism?

Post by Aloka » Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:52 am

Indeed . As a Mahayana practitioner myself, I too am interested in clarification. :reading:


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