15 votes

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

For most people God is a dualistic concept. Meaning, for a typical person the unspoken assumption is: "I am here and God is over there". So when I think about God, when I speak to God -- I inevitably ...
user avatar
  • 55.2k
13 votes

What are examples of identity-view?

Well, here's my take on Identity view. I think it's relatively compatible with the Sutras, but should not be considered an exposition of them. First, what is this "self"? One answer is that it's ...
user avatar
  • 2,231
11 votes
Accepted

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

First, some canonical background: According to the Acintita Sutta, speculating on the origin of the cosmos or similar topics will lead one to confusion i.e. it cannot be understood. According to the ...
user avatar
  • 33.5k
10 votes

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

"Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, "What is the All? Simply the eye & ...
user avatar
10 votes
Accepted

What are examples of identity-view?

From my perspective, when it comes to eradication of identity view, there is analytical level, and then there is the level of day-to-day intuitive action. On analytical level, it is a clear direct ...
user avatar
  • 55.2k
9 votes
Accepted

Why would the Buddha refrain from instructing?

I thus wonder, why wouldn't the Buddha wish to show the way to someone clearly mired in wrong view the right path to practice at his first request ? It's difficult to exactly know what was going on ...
user avatar
  • 9,433
8 votes
Accepted

Can Right View be interpreted as scientific fervor?

Sounds like Wikipedia is suffering from some Buddhist fervour of its own... ;) Can I interpret the first of the eightfold path as scientific fervor ? Right view has nothing to do with fervour; it ...
user avatar
  • 23.8k
7 votes
Accepted

Does the universe ever end?

There were fourteen questions to which Buddha remained silent. The universe is eternal, The universe is not eternal.. were two of them. Read the following sutta. MN 63 - Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta: The ...
user avatar
6 votes

What are examples of identity-view?

Is identity-view the same then as being aware that skandhas exist? The same as being attracted to (clinging to) sense-objects? Isn't the answer to that, "No that's not true, because 'sensual ...
user avatar
  • 675
6 votes

Why are the 16 Unwise Reflections ("shall I exist in future" etc.) considered unwise?

Is there a better (than Wikipedia) explanation why we should not reflect on these questions? Perhaps a better explanation is the Sabbasava Sutta itself. The 'unwise reflections' are diverse (16 if ...
user avatar
  • 43.1k
6 votes

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

For completeness, there isn't one Buddhism, there are many Buddhisms. The other questions already address the Buddhisms with either no god or no interesting and relevant gods. By a process of ...
user avatar
6 votes

What is the difference between right thinking and right view?

Samma Sankappa (right thinking) is the result of right view (Samma Ditthi). If you have the wrong view your thinking will be wrong thinking. (Mittcha Sankappa) Generally, right view is the forerunner ...
user avatar
  • 5,568
6 votes

Questions About Views in Buddhism

This is a long answer (below), so here is a summary up front: "In Buddhism, what does it mean to hold a view?" I think it means to get attached to a view, maybe to rejoice in or to delight in a view,...
user avatar
  • 43.1k
5 votes
Accepted

Pride and Shame in Buddhism

Lokavipatti Sutta on the eight worldly winds: Monks, these eight worldly conditions spin after the world, and the world spins after these eight worldly conditions. Which eight? Gain, loss, status, ...
user avatar
  • 3,380
5 votes
Accepted

Is the attempt to understand others a form of value judgement?

This is one of the interesting aspects of Buddhism, that in its ideal form it doesn't allow prejudice (valid or otherwise) to interfere with the teaching. The Buddha taught people of all sorts, good ...
user avatar
  • 23.8k
5 votes

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

The Buddha used to remain silent, when Hindu Brahmins used to ask him about his views on God. He used to give the example of a man carrying a lamp and walking along a village road in the night, trying ...
user avatar
  • 157
5 votes

Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

No. I'd say that Buddhism is or can be pro (in favour of) a scientific attitude. The structure of the four noble truths, for example, are analogous to medical thinking: symptoms, cause, cure, and ...
user avatar
  • 43.1k
5 votes

Is "no-self" or "self" the more secure bet, e.g. for householders?

Your premise is that the Buddha taught a different Dhamma to householders, compared to monks. This is incorrect, as according to SN 42.7, the Buddha taught the same Dhamma to monks, lay followers and ...
user avatar
  • 33.5k
5 votes

Did the Buddha ever refute the view of "extreme metaphysical nihilism" e.g. a view that "nothing is real"?

The Lump of Foam Sutta states: Form is like a lump of foam, Feeling like a water bubble; Perception is like a mirage, Volitions like a plantain trunk, And consciousness like an illusion, ...
user avatar
  • 33.5k
4 votes
Accepted

Why are the 16 Unwise Reflections ("shall I exist in future" etc.) considered unwise?

"Does The Buddha (1) recognize the possibility of finding the truth for these questions, or (2) is it impossible to find the truth, or (3) is it detrimental for us to know the truth?" To be sure, we ...
user avatar
  • 55.2k
4 votes
Accepted

How should i understand "Stored up kamma"?

It's somewhat sloppy language... "stored up potency" doesn't really mean anything; it's a concept, the concept that certain experiences will somehow be related to other experiences. There is nothing ...
user avatar
  • 23.8k
4 votes

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

Admittedly, I'm a beginner myself. However, it is my understanding that the Buddha took no position as to the existence/non-existence of a God who created everything we see, on the grounds that there ...
user avatar
  • 835
4 votes

Right view of the external modern world

The first thing that the story (i.e. "not got a particular position she rightfully deserved due to a conspiracy") reminded me of was verse 3 of the Dhammapada (i.e. "he robbed me" ...
user avatar
  • 43.1k
4 votes

Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

Is Buddhism against scientific attitude? Is it against scientific research? Kalama Sutta embodies scientific thinking where nothing should be accepted due to various non scientific reasoning. The ...
user avatar
4 votes

Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

The word ‘vijja’—translated here as clear knowing—also means ‘science.’ And just as science implies a method, there is a method—a discipline—underlying the knowledge that leads to Unbinding. If Dhamma ...
user avatar
4 votes

What is Right View, and how can it be applied in the contemporary world?

In your daily life, as you go about things, just observe and analyse any negative thought arising in the mind without acting in response to them. One does not need a specific spot or time to do this. ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

Why have I awoken Now?

-- "why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana" There is a traditional Buddhist teaching that explains this Awakening through a combination of lucky causes and ...
user avatar
  • 55.2k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible