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What are the suttas in which the Buddha claimed he was greater than the gods?

There are many people, especially from other religions, who say, ‘The Buddha is just a human being; he is not a god,’ but I know the Buddha is greater than the gods because he attained Nirvana by ...
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Is there an English translation of Jñanasrimitra's Isvaradusana ("Disproving God")?

I'm wondering whether there is an English translation of a work called "Isvaradusana" (lit. "Disproving God") written by the Buddhist philosopher Jñanasrimitra (fl. 975-1025 C.E.). ...
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How does the infinite divine mind (the All) subdivide into self-experiences (atman)?

I have been listening to audiobooks on Buddhism and Hinduism (Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita, Heart Sutra, Upanishads, Rig Veda, etc.), and am stuck trying to imagine and/or understand how the infinite ...
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Parallel practices in Buddhism to kavacchas

Buddhism although doesn't address the path of the gods for enlightment, it is seen that they are largely addressed for their existence. There are entities - dakinis, pisachinis, etc that are negative ...
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What are the life expectancies (ages) in the different realms of the gods?

In Buddhism, there are a few realms that exist. Does each realm have the same life expectancy, or does it vary from realm to realm?
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Is ‘Wasawaththi Mara’ a demon or some type of god?

Mara is not considered a positive entity in Buddhism. Is ‘Wasawaththi Mara’ a god or a demon? I heard he is one of the powerful gods. Is that true?
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Who is the most powerful god according to Buddhism?

In Buddhism, gods are acknowledged to exist. So, according to Buddhism, who is considered the most powerful god?
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Was this world built by mistake?

Buddha does not deny God. He simply refuses to be any God because all Gods are impermanent… that is they take birth, age and then die … which is painful. Or source of sorrow. My question is :Was this ...
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Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world?

Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world? From wikipedia During the Vivartakalpa, a deity from Abhassara plane is reborned in the Mahabrahma plane, as many living beings ...
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Identify this deity?

Can you help naming and listing god qualities :
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Did buddha accepted Brahman? [duplicate]

Did buddha accepted Brahman. The supreme reality according to hindusim. Or any perfect Supreme God.
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Question on Dhammapada Verse 30

I am trying to understand the meaning of the verse below: Verse 30 from Dhammapada. Appamadena maghava devanam setthatam gato appamadam pasamanti pamado garahito sada. "By Heedfulness did Indra ...
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What is the meaning behind the concept of "gods" in Buddhism?

This is a question solely addressed to those practitioners who state that any reference to 'gods' in the buddhist suttas/sutras is some kind of metaphor for something other than the kind of gods of ...
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Would Buddhists object if Gautama Buddha were seen as a Prophet by Islam

I recently posted on the Islam site that we (Muslim) could consider Gautama Buddha as a prophet in our sense. I have originally put three different questions here; now I put two separately; under this ...
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Looking for a canonical reference: everyone who attains jhana will be a god of that realm in the next life

Looking for a canonical reference: that everyone who attains jhana will be a god of that realm in the next life. I'm fairly sure I've seen that claimed in scholarship, either Buddhist or otherwise.
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Skillful assumptions

Does atheism in Buddhism mean you let a belief arise that God doesn't exist? Is this a skillful assumption? Why or why not? Was it right view for one to believe that the world wasn't round during the ...
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Is this nibbana or god?

There is, bhikkhus, a not-born, a not-brought-to-being, a not-made, a not-conditioned. If, bhikkhus, there were no not-born, not-brought-to-being, not-made, not-conditioned, no escape would be ...
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God in Buddhism

In Islam the God is Allah, in Christianity the God is Jehovah and Jesus Christ. Is the God in Buddhism Buddha? I think it is very misleading to say that the name of the God in Buddhism is Buddha! ...
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Can the change due to impermanence be considered intelligent?

What is the nature of the change due to impermanence ,is it just a random change or intelligent change ?,are the actions resulting from it considered right action or that depends on the degree of ...
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How do I practice the Dhamma in an environment where it's not supported?

My parents, try to hinder my practice of the Dhamma by verbally & aggressively putting the Dhamma down to me, almost every day. They believe I am being "brainwashed" by monks I watch online or ...
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Lord Yama's identity

I've been reading up on cosmology and am curious if Lord Suyama of Yama heaven and Lord Yama as judge of the recently deceased are the same figure. The latter is often said to reside in either the ...
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Buddhist Ontology/Reductionism vs Science

Dear Mighty friends and learned colleagues, I am a Scientist and have been a philosopher (I don't want to reveal my identity) so far. I have been a strong theist, raised up in an orthodox Hindu ...
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Is Buddhism a religion without God?

In a recent article titled "America’s New Religions " which is concerned with political fundamentalism, the respected American journalist Andrew Sullivan makes a passing remark that "Buddhism’s ...
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Did the Buddha know God?

I recall reading or hearing, I don't know how long ago, that the Buddha knew the God that many religions believe is the creator. The story is that this powerful, long lived God was around when the ...
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Devas' Mortality

As I understand, there is an acknowledgement of the expected lifespan within the respective deva worlds, though this differs among traditions. I'm curious if there's any textual reference to devas' ...
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Is there any God or Satan in Buddhism? Is there any heaven or hell in Buddhism?

Every religion has a God and Satan, heaven and hell. Religion by definition means deification of a Supreme Being or worship of any deity. Monotheistic religions, like Islam and Christianity, have a ...
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According to Buddhism ,what is God? [duplicate]

If I am not wrong ,Buddhism denies God. But I am not sure what is the kind of God which Buddha denied ? My question is : According to Buddhism what is God ? ( Any scriptural reference would be great.)...
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What is opinion of Nichiren Buddhism on the concept of a Creator or Supreme Being?

What is the opinion of Nichiren Buddhism on the concept of a Creator or Supreme Being?
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What is Sang Hyang Adhi Buddha?

https://id.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanghyang_Adi_Buddha In Indonesia, due to muslim influence, believes in an "Esa" God is one of the founding principle of Indonesians. The words "Esa" in Indonesia can ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

No religion teaches what Buddhism teaches at its core. A true Hindu or Christian or Muslim believes in God and soul. Can a Hindu or a Christian or a Muslim, who is not aware of Buddhist philosophy, ...
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Is buddhism athiestic? [duplicate]

Sorry, I'm a beginner to Buddhism but at least from whatever I have heard buddhism seems atheistic. But I've also heard claims like the Buddha is higher than the 'devas' and all that. Does buddhism ...
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Why Buddha said "There is No God" and Later "There is God"?

EXPLANATION : In many TV shows,sites I came to know that Buddha gave Different answers about God to Two Persons. Buddha To a Ram Bhakta : A Devotee of Lord Ram(Hindu God) was confused that God is ...
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Why do people pray to Buddhas?

Why do Buddhists pray to Buddhas in temples? I heard that Sakyamuni didn't approve of that and even criticized Bodhisattva for telling other people that he can help them with things that only God can ...
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What reference to other powers are there in Buddhism?

Does Buddhism, other than Amidism, describe or explain entities like Amida, or any other "other power," or intra-psychic, in yer mind, other. I did not mean to consider whether Buddhism is ...
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Is Maha Brahma a GOD?

In Buddhism, we can find a name called "Maha Brahma". Is he a GOD (as per Buddha, there are no such people called GOD), or some kind of different bean?
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Saying May God Bless you

Recently I encounter a situation where one of my close people and I went see a patient. While we were about to leave the place, my close person said May God Bless you. Me and my close person are both ...
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In Buddhism, does "God" exist or not? [duplicate]

In Buddhism, is the existence of "God" accepted, or not? If not, what is the reason?
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Gods realm, how do you get out? Achieve Nibbana in this realm?

It is stated that Buddha said that it is more difficult to achieve nibbana in this realm than in the human realm (due to absence of suffering). Imagine, that one of these gods, has realized that in ...
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Does God exist in Buddhism?

I'm new to this site. So I'd like to ask a question about God. Do Buddhists believe in the existence of a God? Does Lord Buddha mention anything about this?
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A man asks Buddha about god's existence

Video: Does God Exist? - Sadhguru This is a story I picked up from the above video (watch from 4.25): A man confused about the existence of god asks Buddha if god exists. Buddha gives a ...
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Is the Buddha God?

Is the Buddha an historic person (did he really exist)? If yes, was he a human being or a God, or both, or a human that became a god or God? Do Buddhists regard him as an emanation of God (for ...
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Life after death

As a follower of Buddha I believe in sansara, a never ending cycle of death and birth which only ceases by cessation of desire. I have many friends who are of different faiths that don't believe in ...
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Do the gods help us if we pray to them according to Buddhism?

Will the action of praying to / worshipping gods for something be fruitful according to Buddhism? Is there any reference where a god (deva) has helped a person who has prayed to / asked help from the ...
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Are there rules that prevent chaos in our world?

Is it right to say that, if there is no supreme god, there must be a power or set of rules that prevents chaos in our world? Isn't it natural that if the world is not ruled by god it must be exposed ...
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Are there Goddesses in Buddhism? If yes, who are they?

If they exist, then how are they connected to the God(s)/Lord Buddha?
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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator? Do Buddhists in general also believe there is no supreme being, or do they settle on that there is no intervening supreme being? Are these the Buddha's ...
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Was the kamikaze against the Mongol empire considered a supernatural event in Buddhism?

The English language edition's article on the original kamikaze (divine wind) against the Mongol empire (not WWII) refers to Buddhism, though it also mentions Japanese "gods". ...1274 and again in ...
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Emotional Support without God in Theravada

In religions with God, the believer or devotee can call on God for help during distress, pray to God to seek emotional relief, find a virtual shoulder to cry on and sing God's praises or glories for ...
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Devas as gods in buddhism ,is it a corruption of original teachings..?

As far as i know , there is no mention of god ( the word God in local parlance) in buddhist texts ,the term used is Devas (beings in the higher realm). In ancient hindu texts there is mention of devas ...
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Karma instead of God's plan

Hello I wondered if the existence of karma (I believe in it anyway) can take the place of the concept of "God's plan" - which is how some people live with the horrors of Nihilism. I am not a ...
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