Buddhism Is An Atheistic Religion

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    Apr 29, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    NYT: The philosopher A.C. Grayling claims that Buddhism is not a religion because Buddhists don’t believe in a supreme being.

    Now, when we address Buddhism, we must be very careful. The Buddhist world is vast, and Buddhism has been around in various forms for two and a half millennia. There are many forms of Buddhist practice and culture, many Buddhist communities of belief and practice and significant doctrinal differences among Buddhist schools.

    When people talk about the philosophy of religion, they generally talk about the philosophy of Abrahamic religion: basically, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They often reject religions based upon whether they share certain features of the Abrahamic religions. That is a serious ethnocentrism that can really blind us to important phenomena.

    Still, there are some widely shared features of Buddhism that would make a philosophy of religion that took it seriously look quite different. First, since Buddhism is an atheistic religion, it doesn’t raise questions about the existence of God that so dominate the philosophy of Abrahamic religions, let alone questions about the attributes of the deity. Buddhists do worry about awakening (Buddhahood). How hard is it to achieve? What is it like? Is a Buddha aware of her surroundings, or do they disappear as illusory?

    Do you agree that Buddhism is an atheistic religion?

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/what-does-buddhism-require/?hp&rref=opinion
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    Apr 29, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    It's a pretty pointless religion. I don't even see the point in having any religion. Understanding life isn't rocket science. You're born, you live and you die. Simple. No mystery.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:45 PM GMT
    Buddha never said anything about existence of God. Buddhism is more of a way of life than anything else.

    he told his students the way one should lead his life and what to practice and what not. his main teachings are centered only about life.

    Buddhists consider Lord Buddha as the first enlightened one. one can achieve enlightenment but you don't have go sit on mountains to do that; just follow the principles.

    Though i am not Buddhist, we are taught these things in history in schools, so i know a little bit
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    kevex saidIt's a pretty pointless religion. I don't even see the point in having any religion. Understanding life isn't rocket science. You're born, you live and you die. Simple. No mystery.


    Buddhism is not pointless.
    Its fine to have your own views on religion. It is fine too that you don't believe in religion but you should not demean someone else's just because you don't believe in it.
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    Apr 29, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    I recently became a Buddhist (Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism), and I'm still learning much about it.

    Buddhist believe that the mind is eternal and beginningless. That it has no creator, and that there is no point in talking about creation.

    There is no creator God in Buddhism, but gods do exist. They exist in a formless realm, but have a finite lifespan. Any sentient being can become a god in one of its rebirths (in a past or future rebirth). To exist as a god in Buddhism, is to exist in a state of pure pleasure. It sounds good, but to a Buddhist, it's not a good rebirth since there is no reason to pursue the Dharma.

    The best possible rebirth is a human rebirth. With human rebirth, you are enslaved to pleasure of the god realm, nor experiencing the constant jealousy of the demigod realm (jealousy of the god realm). You are not ignorant of the teachings as in the animal realm. You are not in a state of constant hunger or thirst as in the hungry ghost realm. And your existence is not constant extreme torment and pain as a being in the hell realms.

    Your karma will always determine into which realm you will be reborn.

    Shakyamuni Buddha is the fourth Buddha of this eon, and his teachings are said to only last for a total of 5000 years (so we're halfway through the time they'll be here). The next one will be Maitreya Buddha.

    I think the big take-away from Buddhism is karma, cause & effect. Every action will produce a result. Good actions will produce good results, bad actions will produce bad results. Sometimes we see those results immediately, but often, they ripen in a future rebirth. Sometimes we know what actions causes a results, often, we have no clue. Only a Buddha would know what was the seed that caused that result. Buddhism can be very strict in its moral code. Ethical behavior is taken seriously, but it isn't doctrinal. It is merely a recognition that the more non-virtuous actions you perform, the more you will suffer. The more virtuous actions you perform, then you can stay on the path to the enlightened, be free from suffering and find true happiness.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:38 PM GMT
    There were other religions long before the Bible was written. You don't have to believe in an Abrahamic religion in order to be religious. The arrogance of that sentiment is astounding, really. To me, this seems like just another a trollish way to call people heathens.

    Christians believe in heaven, but their ideas of heaven start to sound like apartheid, when they act superior, separate, and preferred. Quit giving Jesus bad karma!
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:51 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidThere were other religions long before the Bible was written. You don't have to believe in an Abrahamic religion in order to be religious. The arrogance of that sentiment is astounding, really. To me, this seems like just another a trollish way to call people heathens.

    Christians believe in heaven, but their ideas of heaven start to sound like apartheid, when they act superior, separate, and preferred. Quit giving Jesus bad karma!


    Same with Judaism and Islam.
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    Apr 29, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
    There are many Buddhist concepts that gel well with physics, such as inherent existence and quantum physics, as well as the concept of nothingness.