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green1 13-07-2020 10:34 AM

God in Buddhism
 
The notion of Higher Self (Buddha Nature) was introduced in the Nirvana sutra.

Please check out:
https://www.nirvanasutra.net/

Cheers,
green1

sky123 13-07-2020 11:21 AM

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Originally Posted by green1
The notion of Higher Self (Buddha Nature) was introduced in the Nirvana sutra.

Please check out:
https://www.nirvanasutra.net/

Cheers,
green1





Pabhassara Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya 1.49-52): is the First Sutta to mention what became known as Buddha Nature.....

green1 13-07-2020 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by sky123
Pabhassara Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya 1.49-52): is the First Sutta to mention what became known as Buddha Nature.....


Hi sky, would you have a link? I googled it but have not found any useful information.

Thanks.

green1

sky123 13-07-2020 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by green1
Hi sky, would you have a link? I googled it but have not found any useful information.

Thanks.

green1




Here we go...

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipi....049.than.html

Enjoy :smile:

Brian100 15-07-2020 10:42 PM

There is no proof of God in books. But I did find Proof of God in the Shroud of Turin.

Untersberg56 25-08-2020 06:28 PM

The so-called "Shroud of Turin", subjected on three occasions to radio carbon dating, provides proof that the material of the shroud was made between 1260 AD and 1390 AD.

It is not easy to see how this proves God one way or the other.

Phaelyn 26-08-2020 11:29 PM

I wonder what defines a God? If it's just the creators of our world, that to me would not be god. I figure beings like us made all this. God to me is much higher than that. The highest being. I don't think the highest being would be making fish and ants and what not. That's a function of much lower beings.

Gem 27-08-2020 03:56 AM

Belief in God is considered irrelevant or unnecessary or unimportant in Buddhist philosophy. Thus, if a person believes or does not believe in God makes no difference, and anyone from any religion, including atheists, can engage with Dhamma teachings.

Phaelyn 27-08-2020 08:58 AM

I'd say memory based on direct experience is a kind of "belief" but it is a different thing from what we normally have as "belief." I had an experience of what I'd say is "god," or the source or reservoir of ultimate awareness and intelligence, but this was an experience and limited in what I was exposed to. So I can't really say much about what it was exactly other than an awareness and intelligence that was far above what anyone could ever imagine.

My feeling is anyone that starts experimenting with selflessness will start to have metaphysical experiences that are about one's true nature, and one's true nature is not different from "god" or the collective source of consciousness and awareness, so everyone will eventually know directly, or through experience the nature of themselves and the collective as well. Know or experience the source according to our capacity.

From my experience, I'd say we all have a direct connection to the source or god, but while in this body this connection is blocked in so many ways. So many other energies competing for our attention. A few people manage to get free from such things, be selfless, and then realize that connection and the state of being or experience that comes from it. It's very rare though. The most I think we can have is a few glimpses here and there. It's takes so much energy and focus and concentration to set the ego totally aside. Really it is not the purpose of our life in my opinion. Our tasks here are much less. It's a challenge to set aside simple things, like greed, pride, arrogance, vanity, anger..... if these simple steps are a challenge, imagine how hard it is to set aside all identity except for consciousness awareness itself. Not hard in effort, hard in actualizing, bringing into being.

green1 27-08-2020 12:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Gem
Belief in God is considered irrelevant or unnecessary or unimportant in Buddhist philosophy. Thus, if a person believes or does not believe in God makes no difference, and anyone from any religion, including atheists, can engage with Dhamma teachings.


This depends on the Buddhist path I guess. According to Thich Nhat Hanh (a famous Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk), connection with God is very important, without it we waste our life:

https://youtu.be/lrJxMLesolk


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