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Does God exist in Buddhism?

Unfortunately, this is one of the first questions people ask, especially if they are coming from a theistic background. As a result, many who require the belief of a 'God' as a precondition, turn away ...
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Is the Buddha God?

The Dona Sutta might be helpful: On one occasion the Blessed One was traveling along the road between Ukkattha and Setabya, and Dona the brahman was also traveling along the road between ...
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Would Buddhists object if Gautama Buddha were seen as a Prophet by Islam

You see friend, it's a sad state of affairs. Even the Buddhists of this site reject your respect of our teacher on the grounds that your faith is wrong in their eyes. And if your faith is "wrong&...
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God in Buddhism

Buddhism is agnostic: it makes no claims about the existence (or non-existence) of any god. The Buddhas (for there were several aside from the eponymous Gautama) were merely those who are sufficiently ...
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Did the Buddha know God?

The God you speak of, is known as the Great Brahma or Mahabrahma, the first being to appear in the Mahabrahma plane, when the world expands again. Also, take a look at the 31 planes of existence. The ...
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Saying May God Bless you

Just think of the flip side of it @Akila… If the patient is a devout Buddhist.. still almost all will say "may god bless you" at the time of leaving. Will they ever say "Namo Buddhaya" when arriving, ...
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Is Maha Brahma a GOD?

Maha Brahma is a realm, and not “A GOD”. Any living being (including each of us) has been in all realms in this beginningless sansara. We have been at the highest (except the five pure abodes in rupa ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

Attaining Nirvana is not about labeling one self as Buddhist. To attain Nirvana you should follow the path to Nirvana. Any body following this path will reach the destination regardless of what they ...
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Does God exist in Buddhism?

The answer is yes, but in a different way. Maha Brahma, Great Brahma: Maha Brahma really exists, but his existence is viewed as temporary and impermanent, He is an extremely powerful being who ...
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Gods realm, how do you get out? Achieve Nibbana in this realm?

From the perspective of the old Pali scriptures, I am not aware of anywhere that states: "It is more difficult to achieve nibbana in the a godly realm than in the human realm". For example, AN 4.123 ...
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Is the Buddha God?

Is the Buddha God? No. Although in Mahayana, the Buddha gains qualities of a God such as immortality and superpowers. But these are the same immortality and qualities than anyone who successfully ...
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Why Buddha said "There is No God" and Later "There is God"?

In Buddhism there are deities and Brahma living in the 31 planes of existence. But unlike many other religions they are not almighty and of infinite life. They are also in the cycle of Samsana and are ...
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Is this nibbana or god?

That is Nibbana, and not god or Brahman or any kind of Ultimate Reality. It is that which is experienced by the mind, when it is completely free of all fetters and defilements. I quote from this ...
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What is the meaning behind the concept of "gods" in Buddhism?

In his commentary of MN 49, Ven. Thanissaro wrote: It is a play on the word brahma, which is not only a noun denoting the highest levels of devas, but also an adjective meaning "of great or high ...
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A man asks Buddha about god's existence

I have never read or heard of this story before. The Buddha did not teach Buddhists to seek or worship 'god' (Brahma). Further, the scriptures report the Buddha said to Brahmans that no Brahman ...
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Why Buddha said "There is No God" and Later "There is God"?

The Buddha took a different approach to God than 'is' or 'is not': “This world, Kaccana, for the most part depends upon a duality—upon the notion of existence and the notion of nonexistence. But ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

why doesn't everyone become a Buddhist to attain supreme bliss? I think that a "true" Christian may have beliefs which (may) help them to find some peace or solace, and which have some similarities ...
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Would Buddhists object if Gautama Buddha were seen as a Prophet by Islam

To add another answer, similar to the questioner, Muslim scholars in the distance past appeared to have a superficial and/or inaccurate understanding of Buddhism, despite their praises. For example: ...
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Is the Buddha God?

This question is a category error; the premise of the question is such that, either a "yes" or "no" answer implies additional information that is not correct. To say that Buddha = God, and Buddha != ...
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A man asks Buddha about god's existence

When Stephen Hawking makes it clear that there is no God, here comes Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh, saying that in fact there is God, and says that the Buddha said so. BTW…. There is no place for God in the ...
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Does God exist in Buddhism?

Yes it is. Depending on the Karma (good Karma) you have gathered, you can born as a God in "God's world". So yes, Buddhism believes in the existence of God. Well, not just one God who controls ...
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Does God exist in Buddhism?

Very detailed, learned and referenced answers are given above. Just want to add my two cents worth to give a simple lay answer. When people ask this question they are almost always talking about a ...
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In Buddhism, does "God" exist or not?

It depends on what you mean when you say "God" and "exists". In Buddhism all entities (objects) are abstractions or models, conceptual labels on top of mind-made constructs. So all things really exist ...
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Saying May God Bless you

If the patient is a devout Christian and saying "may god bless you" helps him to recover, by all means say "may god bless you". If the patient is a BUDDHIST, saying "Namo Amitabha" and remembering ...
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What reference to other powers are there in Buddhism?

Pigeonholing Buddhism into theistic or atheistic category betrays ignorance of the relationship between reality and its description. Theistic concepts such as gods, souls, afterlife, other realms etc. ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

Nirvana is often thought of as a Buddist exclusive thought but Dictionary.com difines Nirvana as a Hindu concept also and adds "a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, ...
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