Is the Buddha Agnostic? Ultimate Reality in Buddhism – Bridging Beliefs

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  1. Surendra Sharma

    November 21, 2017 3:17 pm

    Very few westerners read suttas. All these suttas are well known among eastern Buddhists. Only western Buddhists are not aware of these suttas.

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  2. vienna blues

    December 15, 2017 6:51 am

    I agree that Buddhism is (very) distorted presented in the west, in the sense that Buddhism is some kind of atheistic philosophy. This is very far from the the truth, while it is true that there gives some schools of Buddhism like ZEN which are more or less merely philosophical oriented, they are in the east the minority. The most widespread & practiced Buddhism in east asia (China, Japan..) is Pure Land Buddhism. Even though it's is highly popular in the East in the west, vast majority don't even know that it exist, never heard about it, it's rarely mentioned in any buddhist representation in the west. Why is that so, I have no idea.

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  3. Crow T. Robot

    March 27, 2018 8:52 pm

    There are many developments and commentaries that have been added to the original Buddhist texts, the five nikayas. All schools of Buddhism agree on the veracity of the five nikayas. Modern scholarship is now going over these texts and producing the best yet translations. If one is interested in Buddhism, the nikayas are the necessary starting place.

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  4. tyamada21

    March 28, 2018 4:55 am

    Years ago I was lead to believe that to practice Nichiren’s Buddhism correctly, one had to attend meetings and belong to an organisation. Nowadays I’ve come to understand that anyone, regardless of whether they become a ‘member’ of a group or not, can benefit from their own personal practice.

    The reason for this is that the Law myoho-renge-kyo represents the identity of what some scientists refer to as the ‘unified field of all consciousnesses’. In other words, it’s a sound vibration that is the essence of all of existence and non-existence, the ultimate creative force behind planets, stars, nebulae, people, animals, trees, fish, birds, and all phenomena, manifest or latent. All matter and intelligence are simply waves or ripples manifesting to and from this core source.

    Consciousness (enlightenment) is itself the true creator of everything that is, ever was and ever will be, right down to the minutest particles of dust, each being an individual ripple or wave.

    The big difference between chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and most other conventional prayers is that instead of depending on a ‘middle man’ to connect us to our state of enlightenment, we’re able to do it ourselves by tapping directly into it by way of self-produced sound vibration.

    On the subject of ‘Who or What Is God?’, when we compare the concept of ‘God’, as a separate entity that is forever watching down on us, to Nichiren’s teachings, the true omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of what most people call ‘God’ is our enlightenment, which exists nowhere else but within us.

    When the disciples asked Jesus where the Kingdom of God is, didn’t he tell them that it was within them?

    Some say that ‘God’ is an entity that can never be seen. I think that the vast amount of information that is constantly being conveyed via electromagnetic waves gives us proof of how an invisible state of ‘God’ could actually exist.

    It’s widely known that certain data being relayed by way of electromagnetic waves has the potential to help bring about extraordinary and powerful effects, including instant global awareness of something or mass emotional reaction. As well as many other things, it’s also common knowledge that these waves can easily be used to detonate a bomb or to even enable NASA to control the movements of a robot as far away as the Moon or Mars. However, none of this is possible without a receiver to decode the information that is being transmitted. Without the receiver, the information would remain impotent.

    In a very similar way, it’s important for us to have our ‘receiver’ switched on so that we can activate a clear and precise understanding of our life, all other life and what we and all else that exists truly is. Chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo helps us to achieve this because it allows us to reach into the core of our enlightenment and switch it on. That’s because the sound vibration of ‘myoho-renge-kyo’ represents the combination of the three major laws that underlie all existence.

    ‘Myoho’ represents the Law of latency and manifestation (Nature), and consists of two alternating states. One state of ‘myo’ is where everything in life that’s not obvious to us exists. This includes our stored memories when we’re not thinking about them, our hidden potential and inner emotions whenever they’re not being expressed, our desires, our fears, our wisdom, happiness, karma, and more importantly, our enlightenment. The other state, ‘ho’, is where everything in Life exists whenever it becomes obvious to us, such as when a thought pops up from within our memory, whenever we experience or express our emotions, or whenever a good or bad effect manifests from our karma.

    When anything becomes apparent, it simply means that it has come out of the state of ‘myo’ (dormancy/latency) and into a state of ‘ho’ (manifestation). It’s simply the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness, being awake or asleep, or knowing and not knowing something.

    The second law, ‘renge’, governs and controls the functions of ‘myoho’, ‘ren’ meaning cause and ‘ge’ meaning effect. The two laws of ‘myoho’ and ‘renge’, both functions together simultaneously, as well as underlies all spiritual and physical existence.

    The final and third part of the tri-combination, ‘kyo’, is what allows the law ‘myoho’ to be able to integrate with the law ‘renge’. It’s the great, invisible thread of energy that fuses and connects together all Life and matter, as well as the past, present and future. It is often termed the Universal Law of Communication. Perhaps it could even be compared to the ‘string theory’ that some scientists now suspect exists.

    Just as our body cells, thoughts, feelings and all else are constantly fluctuating within us, everything in the world around us and beyond is also in a constant state of flux, in accordance with these three laws. In fact, more things are going back and forth between the two states of ‘myo’ and ‘ho’ in a single moment than it would ever be possible for us to calculate or describe. And it doesn't matter how big or small, important or trivial that anything may appear to be, everything that’s ever existed in the past, exists now, or will exist in the future, exists only because of the workings of 'myoho-renge-kyo'.

    These three laws are also the basis of the four fundamental forces and if they didn't function, neither we nor anything else could go on existing. Simply put, all forms of existence, including the seasons, day and night, birth, death and so on, are all moving forward in an ongoing flow of continuation, rhythmically reverting back and forth between the two universal states of ‘myo’ and ‘ho’ in absolute accordance with ‘renge’ and by way of ‘kyo’. Even stars are dying and being reborn in accordance with the workings of what the combination ‘myoho-renge-kyo’ represents.

    ‘Nam’, or 'Namu', on the other hand, is a password or a key; it allows us to reach deep into our life and fuse with or become one with ‘myoho-renge-kyo’. On a more personal basis, nothing ever happens by chance or coincidence, it’s the causes that we’ve made in our past, or are presently making, that determine how these laws function uniquely in each of our lives from moment to moment, as well in our environment.

    By facing east, in harmony with the direction that the Earth is turning, and rhythmically chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for a minimum of ten minutes daily, anyone can experience actual proof of its positive effects in their life.

    In so doing, we can pierce through even the thickest layers of our karma and activate our Buddha Nature (enlightened state). We’re then able to bring forth the wisdom needed to challenge, overcome and change our negative circumstances into positive ones. It brings forth the wisdom that can free us from the ignorance and stupidity that is preventing us from accepting and being proud of the person that we truly are, regardless of our race, colour, gender or sexual preference. We are also able to see and understand our circumstances and environment more clearly, as well as attract and connect with any needed external beneficial forces and situations.

    Actual proof soon becomes apparent to anyone who chants the words Nam-myoho-renge-kyo on a regular daily basis. Everything is subject to the law of Cause and Effect, so the strength of the result from chanting depends on dedication, sincerity and determination. To explain it more simply, the difference could be compared to making a sound on a piano, creating a melody, or producing a song and so on.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfRcUpoPl7w&t=24s

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  5. Vin Lee

    January 4, 2019 10:16 am

    @1:32:16 "Then the Lord said to his monks: Monk it has often happened that the devas from ten world system have come to see the Tathagata and his order of monk. So has it been with the supreme Buddhas of the past, and so it will be with those of the future, as it is with me now." Is this passage suggesting that there are more than one Buddhas ? More in the future? i thought the Buddha wont get reborn anymore.

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  6. Vin Lee

    January 5, 2019 12:37 am

    I don't believe The Buddha is a god in our average understanding of the term 'god'. The Buddha is the absolute truth and reality that are there to be in existence and nonexistence. He is the ultimate truth and the truth cannot be label as a god; likewise you can't label the law of physic as a god. The gods themselves obey these laws and accept the Truths of the universe, so therefore they are subordinate to him. The western ideas of god is that god creates; whatever the lord gives the lord takes back. For example the god of water, water gives life and can also kill when it flood and drown people. The Buddha neither creates nor destroy but bring all thing back into harmonies with the universe where they belong. So, therefore the Buddha is beyond a god because gods have finite roles while the Buddha is encumbered with infinite roles. The universe and the Buddha are one and the same. The Buddha says he has direct knowledge and been there and this make sense because he is everything; he is the universe.

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  7. One Day

    April 23, 2019 6:15 am

    Please download the original 2,500 year old Buddhist Scriptures from the following links
    (Tipitaka = 3 Baskets[ 1. Discpline, 2. Lectures, 3. Science Of the Mind ])

    https://suttacentral.net/downloads

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/list-pdf.html

    https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/download/ABT-pdf.zip

    http://www.buddhanet.net/ebooks.htm

    https://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdfs/Comprehensive_Manual_of_%20Abhidhamma.pdf

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  8. Lodrö Pharchin Siering

    June 4, 2019 9:11 pm

    I am only in the first quarter, but here's a criticism in the form of a question: Baha'is are eager to convince Buddhists of the testimony of the Buddha to a Supreme Being or Supreme Reality. Fine, let's concede that in any case. The question is then where are all the self-realized Baha'is? It still must be a two-way street after all. If the Baha'i writings can illuminate the Buddha's revelation because of its truth, then the Buddhist scriptures must also have to have this same effect on the understanding of the Baha'u'llah''s writing (for the same reason truth reflects truth). Granted if to a lesser degree, due to the relevant confidence we can have between the two. So where are all the Baha'is exerting the utmost effort to become self-realized? We all acknowledge that whatever the Buddha did teach he also taught the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the means to achieve that cessation. Certainly, if there were more self-realized Baha'is then certainly more persons would be responding to this faith. I think I speak for a lot of people that what is off-putting about the Baha'i Faith or at least the way it's presented suggests that it holds all the spiritual depth of Kumbaya singing circle. Spiritually seeking persons often want much more. They want a path to the realization of the Supreme Reality in their own life and they would like the confidence and guidance of someone who has already achieved this, themselves.

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  9. senani perera

    August 1, 2019 5:03 pm

    what this person saying is wrong.nirvana is not a place to go.budhism is the pure science.iwill explain think rationally please if u dont understand and u dont havve brains please dont mis interprit.think that if u are looking at the wall infront of u okk.u think that u are looking at the wall by the existing eye of urs at a existing wall.but when we go in deep thats not what happens.because when our muscular eye directs toward the wall the vision occurs with the birth of eye.buddha said that eye births at the moment muscular eye directs outside matter.so he never talk about a existing eye and a existing matter .did u get it.and the insight that u are looking at the wall is a illusion of existence.thats y im saying i know this is all science some people just looking at it can never unerstand real buddhism.please dont mis interprit if u can understand

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  10. Aaron Devin Petty

    September 27, 2019 1:53 pm

    Your interpretations are authoritative of your beliefs. How is Bahai.org authoritative of your teachings and beliefs? Are you supplanting your credibility?

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  11. Hans-Heinrich Ramme

    November 15, 2019 3:13 pm

    Simply wrong. The Buddha never claims to have create a new religion, tradition or something else. In His own words: "Bhikkhus (that are the Monks) it is like this: there is a man, that goes to a jungle, found there an old way, overgrown, but make this old way free to following this to a City, a Capital at the end, in this way is the Dhamma of the Tathagata." In an text from the 13 Century it said like this: "all the different teaching of dharma are only to revealing the true nature." There is nothing new about this. Regarding the worship of statues, none never will worship a statue. To claim this is a kind of accusation, that has only in islamic, judaic or christian Traditions a meaning. Takin Refuge has nothing to do with worship statues. This accusation comes from an idea, that all religion (dharma is NOT religion, but you can use this like one, but it is unsafe to do so). But you made a different claim: the different founder of diverse religion traditions have only done, what you call to love God. But this is only a meting put idea of religions. It is important to understand: if there are no differences, action any kind are without any result, because differences are false and putting in to practice mean changing something. Also this imply that all different phenomena are one, and this makes no sense.

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  12. Krimunk Morin

    December 16, 2019 6:30 pm

    For those of you who need a grain of salt.
    This video should be looked at in the same way a Christian interpretation of the Jewish Torah is.
    That's to say it is approached with the implicit, if not overt, goal of conforming it to another religion. (In this video's case Bahai'ism)

    It's NOT what Buddhists actually say about themselves and understand to be true about their beliefs. Theravada for example cannot be equated with Mahayana because they have fundamental differences about the concept of Anatta.

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