Robert Llewellyn attempts to discover which of the world’s top four monotheistic religions has the most money. His journey takes him from Canterbury Cathedral to Vatican City and Israel, as he bids to calculate the income and assets of the Anglican Commune, the Catholic Church, Judaism and Islam.
Traditional Buddhists worshipped a pantheon of gods. How do these connect with the figure of Buddha? The westernised version I’m familiar with elimates the old pantheon of gods. E.g. This month’s NG magazine includes a couple of 1500 year old paintings of Buddhist gods from Northern India. I’ve heard of Buddhist gods and demons in ancient Tibetan shrines as well.
Were there drastically different results? How many religious experiences* have you attempted to cultivate? ((*for example — Nirvana In Buddhism, Satori in Mahayana Buddhism, Te in Taoism, absorption in God’s light in Chassidic schools of Judaism, Henosis in Neoplatonism, Theosis or feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit in Christianity, Irfan and fitra in Islam, Samadhi or Svarupa-Avirbhava in Hinduism)) which one?
My position is grounded in the fact that many atheists use faulty logic in their position that because there is no evidence for gods, they do not exist. That in itself is faulty logic because lack of evidence does not equate to non-existence. A definition of god that can be proven has been requested of me, as has the evidence to support that “god’s” existence. Definition: I propose the definition of one who is worshiped through invocation and sacrifice. This, unlike the supernatural requirements of many of the...