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Buddha kept silent on the explanation of God
07-07-2016, 04:56 PM
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RE: Buddha kept silent on the explanation of God
(07-07-2016 04:34 PM)KAYSER Wrote:  
(07-07-2016 04:31 PM)Herminator Wrote:  
(07-07-2016 12:16 PM)Rick OShez Wrote:  Why are you posting Hindu texts in a Buddhist sub-forum?

He posted this 5 years ago, and then shortly after disappeared. Don't expect an answer Big Grin

He is a Buddhist, wait until He is reincarnated then responds

Nice one Kay... didn't think of that!

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06-13-2017, 10:15 PM
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RE: Buddha kept silent on the explanation of God
(08-09-2011 09:34 PM)antonyanil Wrote:  Buddha kept silent about God indicating that God is unimaginable. When somebody asked Buddha to give explanation about God, Buddha said that He is silent on the explanation since God is unimaginable. In course of time, His statement lost its parts and final residue is that Buddha is silent on God. Further, the interpretation of the silence was taken as the atheism. Buddha Himself was the incarnation of God. How can He deny Himself? Due to fear of such misinterpretation, Shri Satya Sai Baba clearly stated that God is unimaginable since Baba said that nobody can understand Him.

But Gautama never described himself as an incarnation of Brahma or any other deity.

My understanding is that he avoided all metaphysical questions because "they tend not to edification" - i.e., they distract the Buddhist adherent from the core effort: staying on the path of liberation from suffering and of attaining arhatship/Enlightenment.

He did identify himself with the cosmic Dharma and his own teaching as Dharma, but he never identified himself as God or some "son" of God.
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06-30-2017, 03:25 PM
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RE: Buddha kept silent on the explanation of God
(06-13-2017 10:15 PM)steveb1 Wrote:  He did identify himself with the cosmic Dharma and his own teaching as Dharma, but he never identified himself as God or some "son" of God.
Would it be fair to what the Buddha said to state that he and his teachings were not the Dharma but the Dharma was him and his teachings?

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07-15-2017, 10:04 AM
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RE: Buddha kept silent on the explanation of God
(08-09-2011 09:34 PM)antonyanil Wrote:  Buddha kept silent about God indicating that God is unimaginable. When somebody asked Buddha to give explanation about God, Buddha said that He is silent on the explanation since God is unimaginable. In course of time, His statement lost its parts and final residue is that Buddha is silent on God. Further, the interpretation of the silence was taken as the atheism. Buddha Himself was the incarnation of God. How can He deny Himself? Due to fear of such misinterpretation, Shri Satya Sai Baba clearly stated that God is unimaginable since Baba said that nobody can understand Him.

God, as a concept or belief, acts as a conceptual barrier to proper understanding of truth or reality as it is. The mind influenced by beliefs, will interpret or evaluate everything as per the conditioning of the beliefs and hence will not perceive the truth or reality as it really is.

The illusory psychological self is itself built upon beliefs, and this is why the questioning of beliefs create fear in most people ,as they have identified themselves in their mental position or beliefs. Believing is not the same as knowing and belief itself acts as a barrier to knowing.

It is fixation with biased beliefs about truth without inquiry, that lead to conflict as well.

This could be the reason why Buddha never taught about God or gods, but insisted on direct perception or experience as a guide to the truth, and not through belief-sets.

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Mindfulness is the true virtue. - Buddha

Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness. - Eckhart Tolle
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