Same goes for reincarnation. ‘Buddhism is a non-theistic religion that claims that suffering is unavoidable, and that the root of suffering is attachment, greed and desire.’ ‘Overall, based on my experience in both camps (theistic and non-theistic), I venture to claim that activists of either breed have a greater tendency to be "religious" rather than non-activists.’ Buddhist 12 Steps,中國的 non-theistic The 12 Steps Translated into> A 12 Step Buddhist or Buddhist recovery. In the Brahmajāla Sutta, the Buddha describes how a brahmā may come by the mistaken belief that he is the “Great Brahmā, the Conqueror, the Unconquered, the All-Seeing, the All-Powerful, the Lord, the Maker and Creator, Ruler, Appointer, and Orderer, Father of All that Have Been and Shall Be.” The Buddha sees this delusion as an natural consequence of the particular way the universe happens to expand after periods of contraction. Please tell us more. What’s important is the attitude with which we recite a mantra, and the process of connection which deepens with each repetition. And then, of course, there are the more earthly spirits — gandharvas, nagas, yaksas, etc. Multiple Gods would be the pantheist. I admit it: within my own practice they’re an interesting intellectual diversion — at times rising to the level of a distraction. I am one of those ‘rare’ atheistic Vajrayana Buddhists. I love how your posts dispense the bits and pieces of Buddhism in digestible portions for those of us with very little background. What it boils down for me, is am I practicing an eightfold path–a necessary part of which is meditation? 40. The model of the universe in the earliest strata of Buddhist writings (The Pali Nikayas) is an oscillating one. I read through all the comments & it is an intriguing topic. The yogas i see as part of the transformation of mind, though i sometimes reflect that other Tibetan Buddhists may consider my views to be heretical. Naziism is the most famous form of evolutionary humanism. She studied with Lama Yeshe who once suggested to her that Americans might need to create new Americanized yidams to practice with—you might visualize them in three-piece suits smoking a cigar. Do I believe that the major problem is suffering? You can read the first chapters of all my books and find links to where to buy them here. On the other hand, there has always been some degree of ontological ambiguity in the Tibetan approach. You don’t have to believe in anything to sit. While there are clearly theistic aspects to Buddhism, I’m actually close to Stephen Batchelor in my own personal practice. When we seek enlightenment, we, ourselves, seek to manifest to benefit all beings—and countless people have become enlightened. This is almost exciting enough to make a dolphin do a back flip! The purpose of praying isn’t saying Hail Marie’s and all that stuff, it’s reflection on ones day, existence, place on the planet. We are sure that his spirit will be with us and around us for ever. What happens when the Dalai Lama’s Cat is visited by the Queen’s Corgi? I think that many of those who are comfortable with god-talk in a Dharma talk believe there’s no fundamental contradiction between being a Theist and practicing Buddhism, or at least practicing Zen. It might be shocking fro some of you. Deity yoga is a practice within the Tibetan Vajrayāna tradition. Nontheism has been applied and plays significant roles in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But like the Greek Gods, & Titans, most protectors & retinues are unenlightened beings. Really, Christianity has nothing to do with Buddhism. It never worked for me. They often view celestial beings as outdated cultural vestiges which can be safely jettisoned without changing the essential meaning of the Dharma. What are the 4 sights that the Buddha saw? And they continue thus for a long, long period of time. There is one drawback to the overall design, due to the need for the acceleration of our expanding universe to reverse, and no one yet knows if it will. It is my view that this “first [created] being” according to Christian scripture is “I am Gabriel, I stand in the presence of God – Lk1:19”. A good read, and one I’m sympathetic too as well. So, why does a Buddhist practice? Anyone can offer any insight here, I would be greatly appreciative. Basically, whether or not capital-G "God" exists isn't very relevant to its practice. To me and what I know of Buddhism, you don’t do that at all ever. There is no personal god or monotheistic creator God in Buddhism, as there is in Christianity, Judaism or Islam. The biggest problem is that the corresponding English words we use are inadequate. For me, that was what happened. There are a few non-theistic or semi-theistic religions to consider as well. Traditional Buddhist practices, whether in Tibet, Japan, or wherever, have always incorporated older animistic practices into their belief/practice system. I agree with you that most Buddhists would say that while gods/spirits may exist, they are not an important part of the Enlightenment project. And how do you make this accessible to people whether they are highly intelligent or not very bright, cerebral or passionate, practical or visionary, intense or laid back? Then, for me at least, a Buddhist. I can recall, for example, visiting lamas tossing cornmeal into a roaring fire to propitiate the local woodlands spirits, and I recall my own practicing deity yoga (Vajrasattva) with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Philosophy means the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.Even if you can find “Buddhism” on every list of world religions, it is still a science of mind. Part of the genius of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, was that he taught different and complementary versions of the Dharma to different audiences according to their temperament and abilities. Eight things I have learned from prostate cancer. Buddhism doesn’t focus on God/s. Soon the idea of past and future Buddhas developed, with Maitreya, the Buddha y… However, not all religions are monotheistic or even polytheistic. They may even grant favors, protection, etc. The interesting thing about Buddhism is that even if gods exist, they’re not important. Tara/Female Buddha of Compassionate Action: Pronounced: Om tar-eh too-tar-eh too-ray so ha, Tayatha Om Bekadeze Bekadeze Maha Bekadze Bekadze Radza Samungate Soha. Thanks for the correction. Hence, the need for “a long, long period of time”. It literally means, “to blow out,” or “to quench.” Nirvana ends the cycle of samsara, the cycle of death and r… But in the end, for our practice, I maintain the question of God is not important. A large part (but not the whole story) of why I drifted away is that while I still love the aesthetic of Tibetan Buddhism, deep down inside I’m just too committed to Western ideas such as God (albeit, the God in whom I believe is more the God of philosophical theism than the God of the Abrahamic religions). Your email address will not be published. In Classical Greek mythology the Gods had a domain, within the boundary of this planet, & reality, where they lived. The paragraphs above are an extract from my book, Buddhism for Pet Lovers. Gautama Buddha in the early Buddhist texts is also shown as stating that he saw no single beginning to the universe. For example, Paul James and Peter Mandavilledistinguis… In Buddhist cosmology the universe has always just existed and is continually evolving and devolving based on causes and conditions. Tibetan Buddhism also has deities. Here you will find lots of downloads including guided meditations, plus audio files of yours truly reading the first chapter of several of my books. It’s best to not be too certain about things. Buddhism for Pet Lovers. Whoever might have needed some attention at that particular moment. There’s one final issue concerning Theism and Buddhism which is probably unique to Western Buddhism. In deity yoga one practices giving up that limited self-view and tries on a different narrative in which one has the unlimited wisdom and compassion of a Buddha. A simple way for me to inform others of my spiritual belief is to say the I am a “practitioner of Zen”. “Celestial beings” is as good a term for devata as any, except they don’t really live in the sky either. I agree. The Buddhist realization of emptiness may be comparable to the Christian peace that passes understanding. But it’s evidently helpful to those who are using it, and I suspect to more than a few of my fellow listener/sitters. not being at least physically with us in the house. It’s always interesting to examine our discomfort with other people’s practice. The Buddha himself rejected metaphysical speculation as a matter of principle, and his teachings focused entirely on the practical ways to end suffering. Stupas were built to contain relics of the Buddha and pilgrimages were made to places where he had walked. There are those who believe in the concept of the perennial philosophy, the idea that the mystical experience has the same content regardless of religion, and that underneath the hood all religions point to the same experience. Introducing the fresh, new edition of Buddhism for Busy People. Look at getting mad from this perspective. There’s the opposite nihilistic extreme — those who have studied a little about Buddhism — and assume that the Dharma of Buddha is atheistic or non-theistic. Trungpa Rinpoche always described Buddhism as “non-theistic.” We aren’t a-theistic, he’d say—we don’t not believe in God, or gods. By drawing our minds close to a specific deity, we gain access to the whole diamond. As you wrote, this only happens in the West and I say it’s because there are so many people who can’t completely let go of their Christians beliefs. I agree with you that a relationship with God is a matter of the heart. There are many resources associated with each of these deities online, including the pronunciation of their mantras. Buddhism also teaches one to end the worlds suffering through compassion and doing good onto others. Samsara to Nirvana. And he continues thus for a long, long period of time. As the descent of man progressed, this led to shorter life-spans, until all of mankind were being incarnated, not in spirit bodies, but as the sundered germ of being, the mortal soul part. Which is dependent only in their behavior and actions. “The harvest is the end of the age [age means world, or the world’s dominion over the believer] Mat13:39”, so after crossing over in faith, one may become qualified for the ingathering of the harvest resurrection. What does Anatta mean? One way is by reciting the mantra associated with that deity. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. The simplest way I can see non-theism defined is “sometimes believe in a god.” For a religion like Buddhism, that state would prevent you from reaching any form of higher being. This religion is based on … What I would like to add is that saying meditation is a Buddhist thing is incorrect. Therefore, Buddhist belief may rightly vary from what the Buddha taught. When you hear the word 'religion,' is there a specific one that comes to mind? Yes—in myriad manifestations. In other words, God is unnecessary in Buddhism, as this is a practical religion and philosophy that emphasizes practical results over faith in beliefs or deities. I hope you enjoyed this blog. She was then asked “And what does God say to you?” She replied “He just listens, too.” The issue of non-theism vs. atheism is really a semantic question about how to use words, not a substantiative one. I’ve only heard about them and read some of their writings and what I see manifested in those writing are usually Christian shadings that seem out of place. I’m so sorry to read about your loss! The metaphor about the deities as being like the facets of the jewel really helps me to understand this. I’ve always loved Mother Teresa’s answer to the question of what she said to God when she prayed. If you had but five more minutes left to live, and it would still be worth getting mad over, by all means do so. Why folks keep wanting to mix Jesus up with the dharma I dunno. Most religions are known for their central holy text, such … I’m not familiar with the claim that some suttas/sutras may have been altered to accomodate deity-believing patrons. (Sigh!) The other important thing that the unenlightened beings allegiance relies on, is whether or not we propitiate them properly, be giving them specific ‘offerings’, both real & imagined, & by practicing their sadhanas, & chanting their mantras. Many of us think of Buddhism as a practice-based psychology rather than a belief-based religion. Gods are real. I feel that the 4 noble truths, & the 8fold path, & meditation will direct one towards a positive state of mind, you could say to the birth of a greater state of mind, that has always been with us as untapped potential. The gods within the Buddhist cosmology are not omniscient, and they apparently need Buddhas to help straighten themselves out. The Buddha did recognize their existence, but he didn’t put the focus on their worship as a vessel to help you reach your goal in this life. The idea of it raises all kinds of reactions within myself as well. Doubt is the greatest thing that impedes the progression of enlightenment. No permanent soul. Lastly, many Buddhist moderns see a non-anthropomorphic divine element in Buddhism (e.g., certain interpretations of the dharmakaya) which resonates with “perennialism” as well as with demythologized interpretations of the Judeo-Christian religion (e.g., Tillich’s “ground of being”). One engages in complex mental visualizations of one’s yidam, then engages in a process of imitating and merging with one’s yidam, and finally one dissolves the merged self/yidam. Shakyamuni Buddha is central to the tradition, but there are numberless millions of other Buddhas and bodhisattvas, or enlightened beings, some of whom are portrayed in statues and paintings representing specific qualities of enlightenment, such as compassionate action, energy, purification, healing, power, wisdom and so on. We do not know much about Buddhism but as Bertie was such a spiritual fellow we do want to have further understanding and some contact with his karma. There is no personal god or monotheistic creator God in Buddhism, as there is in Christianity, Judaism or Islam. The claim of Non-theism is not completely true because the Buddhist suttas and sutras make reference to all sorts of supernatural beings who inhabit the universe, from ghosts, demi-gods, devas, and brahmās to celestial buddhas and bodhisattvas. “Thereupon the being who re-arose there first thinks to himself: ‘I am Brahmā, the Great Brahmā, the Vanquisher, the Unvanquished, the Universal Seer, the Wielder of Power, the Lord, the Maker and Creator, the Supreme Being, the Ordainer, the Almighty, the Father of all that are and are to be. (Did I say sometimes?). Toni, as you may know, was a Dharma heir to Phillip Kapleau Roshi, who, inspired by Krishnamurti, eventually dropped the designation “Zen Buddhist teacher,” to become just a “Zen teacher,” and then later dropped both the “Zen” and the “teacher” to become just “Toni.” Buddhism is what's traditionally called "non-theistic". To Buddhists, God may or may not exist, and offers no advantage or disadvantage in being so. Yeah you can believe in spirits, someone must have done it before you. Non-theistic. We can shift that karma when we open ourselves directly to them through mantra recitation. Two stories of note that I have heard. Dhamma. It makes my head hurt just to think about it. Often times, however, these religions have trouble accepting their followers to be duel-religious because Buddhism is non-theistic. A steady-state universe has been precluded as a result of the discovery of spontaneous particle decay into light energy, while there’s been no observation of the reverse process, and no observation of self-emergent light or matter (the theoretical Hawking radiation, which begins with virtual particle pairs, originates either inside or outside of an event horizon, which would seem to not allow half of the emergent particle pair to escape if inside, and to not become emergent if outside). You can Unsubscribe at any time. Of course, you’re right. But it’s clear is that the Buddha did not direct his followers toward some higher, holier being or mystical force. Brahmās are long-lived beings and over the eons this solitary brahmā becomes lonely and wishes for company. As this is within the range of contemporary Buddhist thought, someone with this belief may further believe that such a pre-existent God may be a creator God, as such a belief cannot be proscribed by the Buddha, who was admittedly not a god. Buddhism is unique amongst the religions of the world because it does not have any place for God in its soteriology. Especially interesting in light of the writing of Stephen Batchelor (Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist) and other american contempory writers who advocate for a decidedly non-supernatural (for lack of a better word) Buddhism. As you might imagine, all of this leads to a very complicated cosmological space. What is the goal of the Noble Eightfold Path? Undergoing the second birth is necessary to entering the spiritual kingdom of God, but is only mentioned in the gospel of John. I’m glad you find this blog useful, Leah. I tell my ‘new’ cat, CHARLIE, all about it and he’s very happy (and proud), as is ANGEL who’s been at my side for about 5 years now. Toni, as you may know, was a Dharma heir to Phillip Kapleau Roshi, who, inspired by Krishnamurti, eventually dropped the designation “Zen Buddhist teacher,” to become just a “Zen teacher,” and then later dropped both the “Zen” and the “teacher” to become just “Toni.” Buddhists, like Siddhārtha before them, seek to reach nirvana: the state beyond all suffering. What is the reason? What does that mean? In spite of the mainstream non-theistic tradition in Buddhism however, some writers such as B. Alan Wallace have noted that some doctrines in Vajrayana Buddhism can be seen as similar to some theistic doctrines of creation. The Heritage of Non-theistic Belief in China Joseph A. Adler Kenyon College Presented to the international conference, "Toward a Reasonable World: The Heritage of Western Humanism, Skepticism, and Freethought" (San Diego, September 2011) Naturalism and humanism have long histories in China, side-by-side with a long history of theistic belief. What did the Buddha teach? This merits a reference in the galactic guidebook. As is often the case, however, things are never quite so simple. Why not try at pretending to be a bigger unlimited self and see where that practice takes you?” I liked the answer, but Tibetan practice and deity yoga have never been my own entrance-way into the Dharma because they are just too incongruent with my own belief systems. It doesn't seem right to call that non-theistic to me, but it depends how you decide to define the term. Buddhists, like Siddhārtha before them, seek to reach nirvana: the state beyond all suffering. It's common to think of religions, like Christianity, whose belief centers around one God. I was not familiar with Kennedy, until you mentioned him here. Your email address will not be published. Because we see that he was here first, and we appeared here after him.’. Nicely written! If one follows the Pali canon (and not necessarily all the religious practices that are part of Theravada’s actuality in Southeast Asian cultures), that’s largely true. So, why does a Buddhist practice? — for whom “celestial beings” doesn’t quite seem as good a fit. I personally don’t find god-talk helpful to my Buddhist practice, and I’ll say more about my personal reactions in a future post about how to listen to Dharma talks. It was initially atheistic and has later been practiced as non-theistic, which means that most Buddhist sects allow the adoption of theistic beliefs from other religions and cultures. ‘Buddhism is a non-theistic religion that claims that suffering is unavoidable, and that the root of suffering is attachment, greed and desire.’ ‘Overall, based on my experience in both camps (theistic and non-theistic), I venture to claim that activists of either breed have a greater tendency to be "religious" rather than non-activists.’ Buddhism Is Distinctly Different From Other Religions . Excellent post! Suppose that I was half-right and half-wrong – right about the existence of an objective good, wrong about the existence of God – if some sort of atheistic Kantianism were true – then I’d still strive for the good because it is desirable in itself. Buddhism teaches one to develop their mental capacity to the fullest in order to fully understand life. There are 376 million followers worldwide. I suppose, however, if I met a Tibetan teacher who inspired me and “set my hair on fire,” I might find a way of overcoming those objections. In spite of the mainstream non-theistic tradition in Buddhism however, some writers such as B. Alan Wallace have noted that some doctrines in Vajrayana Buddhism can be seen as similar to some theistic doctrines of creation. The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal) during the 5th century BCE. Then a certain being, due to the exhaustion of his life-span or the exhaustion of his merit, passes away from the Ābhassara plane and re-arises in the empty palace of Brahmā. Stupas were built to contain relics of the Buddha and pilgrimages were made to places where he had walked. If you did, here’s a few things you can do: Sign up for my newsletter. Its always hard to compare one’s own phenomenological experiences to those of others, but it seems to me there must be someplace where these two experiences overlap. That said, if God or gods show up, we’ll be happy to believe. People always overthink things…to put it simply, Buddhism shouldn’t be termed Non-theistic. There’s the opposite nihilistic extreme — those who have studied a little about Buddhism — and assume that the Dharma of Buddha is atheistic or non-theistic. But last I checked, Buddhism is non-theistic. This is like creating a metaphorical hoop which deities can hook onto, drawing us into their orbit of influence. In order to debate any issue within Buddhism, we each present our understanding of what is Buddhism–really. There are ways in which the claim is true, ways in which it’s untrue, and even ways in which it’s just quasi-true. One major reason is Buddhism’s non-theistic nature. While the world is expanding, an empty palace of Brahmā appears. Enjoy! Buddhism is non-theistic because no deity (or your faith in a deity) can "save" sentient beings (Soteriology). I’m sorry if this is not helpful, but there are other approaches other than God-talk. David Michie © 2020 | All Rights Reserved. Have a look at the Free Stuff section of my website. It was non-metaphysical and was to be realized by practice. For me, that’s the deciding factor. On the other hand I’ve friends for whom it’s worked out splendidly. Most people think that learning is the key to self-development It’s how we were raised – when we were young, we studied algebra, read history, and memorized the names of elements on the periodic table. Whether or not it can be termed a religion is debatable—the etymology of the word ‘religion’ refers to God. Among these practices, in Tibetan Buddhism we find many deities. Do I believe there is a way to exhange this ignorance with understanding? No. The exhaustion of merit may compare to preincarnate transgression for which the punishment is spiritual death on the day (subsequent thousand year period) thereof. You often see the claim made that Buddhism is a non-theistic religion. I didn’t particularly choose Tibetan Buddhism, but i did choose a teacher who is from Tibet. The ghosts, devas, and brahmās are reborn into their own realms, and the celestial buddhas reside in Pure Lands. You’re right: sometimes there’s no easy way to translate Buddhist terms into Western categories. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The real question is when you meet non-Buddhist lineage holders in person, what is their level of realization and awakening? Anyway, please continue writing from an animal’s viewpoint; you seem to understand their hearts…. Non theistic does not believe in the existence of a deity. Nirvana is the highest state and marks the end of human pain and suffering. 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