Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

PAX, LUX ET VERITAS SINCE 1965
Post Do Buddhists Have a God? From Ric Mauricio
Created by John Eipper on 01/11/18 4:36 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:

Post

Do Buddhists Have a God? From Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 01/11/18 4:36 am)

Ric Mauricio writes:

Istvan Simon wrote on January 10th:  "A Buddhist's view of God is very different from the Jewish point of view."

May I point out that a Buddhist has no view of a god?  Buddhists have really no god, contrary to the belief that a mythic jolly fat man is their depiction of god. But like many beliefs (religions?), people lose sight of the original pure teaching.

Buddhists seek to reach a state of nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BCE.

The Buddha can be compared to the Christian Holy Spirit, which is symbolic of enlightenment.

But returning to Istvan's main point, that of the schisms within religions. There is a giant schism that everyone seems to not touch on. That is the schism between a motley crew of Jewish disciples and the Jewish religion. Did Jesus really intend to start a new religion, or did he seek to enlighten us and free us from the bonds of religious micro-managers? It seems that when I read His teachings, that He was always pointing out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.

In the movie The Shack (quite a comical movie really), Octavia Spencer (one of my favorite actresses, whose starring roles include The Help and Hidden Figures) plays God. The movie indeed did get it right with a real Semitic Jewish actor playing Jesus (sorry, no dirty-blond blue-eyed surfer dude here). I liked the Holy Spirit character. She was played by a beautiful Asian actress. But I digress. There was one line in the movie, where the main character asked Jesus about religion. Jesus's responded with a smile: "Ah, religion, hmmm." Those words and the way he said it says it all.  This Jesus did not think much about religion (although he was indeed greatly knowledgeable in the Jewish law).

The journey continues, following the WAIS of enlightenment.

JE comments:  The Buddhist non-god is very difficult for monotheists and culturally monotheistic folks to understand.  Buddhist practice suggests the existence of a deity--they have temples, monks, and conduct chanting prayers and meditation.  But Buddhism self-identifies as a philosophy rather than a religion.  This explains how Buddhist societies can combine a variety of religions/philosophies.  Consider Japan, for example, with Shintoism, Buddhism, and elements of Christianity impacting people's spiritual lives.

A random thought:  Adrian College has a single department of Philosophy & Religion.  WAIS of late has really dissected the Science vs Religion distinction.  How about the difference between Religion and Philosophy?


SHARE:
Rate this post
Informational value 
Insight 
Fairness 
Reader Ratings (0)
0%
Informational value0%
Insight0%
Fairness0%

Visits: 97

Comments/Replies

Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • Religion, Philosophy, and the Jesuits (John Heelan, UK 01/12/18 4:53 AM)

    JE asked on 11 January: "How about the difference between Religion and Philosophy?"


    Regrettably, philosophy was hijacked by religionists from Medieval times onwards, using their intellectual domination of the then universities to promulgate their beliefs and arguments. It was not until the Enlightenment (some 300 years later) that their religious-influenced philosophy was challenged.


    Of the Oxbridge colleges, the first houses were monastic halls. Of the dozens established during the 12th-15th centuries, none survived the Reformation. Campion Hall (Oxford) still maintains its Jesuitical overtones, perhaps the best arguers in the business?


    JE comments:  What came first, Philosophy or Religion?  More or less at the same time?  Can't we see religion as an applied philosophy?  We need to pose this question to the Buddhists, as well as to the Jesuits.

    Please login/register to reply or comment:

    • Religion, Philosophy, Chickens and Eggs (Tor Guimaraes, USA 01/15/18 5:10 AM)
      What came first, the chicken or the egg? Obviously the chicken came first because it had to contribute the first-chicken genetic material for the first egg. The environment changes the species over time to produce a hopefully more successful evolved species. Nevertheless, one can imagine that an egg of a prior species could be zapped by some rays and muted to produce the first chicken immediately after hatching. Possible but unlikely?

      Which came first philosophy or religion?  (See John Heelan, 12 January.) Once a cave person thought that fire was a god or from the gods, a modern professor would have called this process philosophizing, producing "the first philosophy."


      John Eipper and I are both right; Madame Currie knew about radioactivity but not enough to save her life. That is a major reason why I wrote my book God for Atheists and Scientists: we must take science more seriously because sooner or later our lives and welfare will depend on it. No time for laziness and time-wasting.


      JE comments:  In our chicken-religion-egg-philosophy analogy, is religion the chicken or the egg?  For his part, John Heelan places myth as the progenitor of both philosophy and religion.


      Whew, this is heavy stuff.  Let's turn our attention instead to hoaxes.  Eugenio Battaglia (next) gets the ball rolling.


      Please login/register to reply or comment:



Trending Now



All Forums with Published Content (40192 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications

Economics

Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy

Education

Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series

History

Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust

Nations

Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire

Politics

Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US

Religion

Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)

Travel

Geography Maps Tourism Transportation

WAIS

1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who