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Did you know that god the creator asked the Buddha to teach the Dharma?

People keep saying that there are no gods in Buddhism, but in actuality the Vedic gods have been part of Buddhism from the beginning. The earliest record we have of what the Buddha said and did is the Pali Canon. In the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses) there are large sections devoted just to conversations between the Buddha and the Vedic gods. In one, it is recounted how after his enlightenment the Buddha considered not teaching the Dharma (or Dhamma in Pali) as he was afraid no one would understand or want to give up their selfish craving. Brahma (the Vedic creator god) heard this and the following is from SN Chapter 6 story 1 in subchapter 1:

Then Brahma Sahampati, having known with his own mind the reflection in the Blessed One’s mind, thought: “Alas, the world is lost! Alas, the world is to perish, in that the mind of the Tathagata, the Arahant, the Perfectly Enlightened One, inclines to living at ease, not to teaching the Dhamma.” Then just as quickly as a strong man might extend his drawn-in-arm or draw in his extend arm, Brahma Sahampati disappeared from the brahma world and reappeared before the Blessed One. He arranged his upper robe over one shoulder, knelt down with his right knee on the ground, raised his joined hands in reverential salute towards the Blessed One, and said to him: “Venerable sir, let the Blessed One teach the Dhamma; let the Fortunate One teach the Dhamma. There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.” (p. 232 of the Connected Discourses translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi)

So the Vedic gods were not added in later to Buddhism or by Tibetan Bon or anything of the kind. They are very present even in the earliest form of the canon. Also, this is not the only place where god the creator appears in human form like this. Look in Genesis where God visits Abraham (chapter 18).

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I have heard that on one occasion, when the Blessed One was newly Self-awakened, he was staying at Uruvela on the bank of the Nerañjara River, at the foot of the Goatherd’s Banyan Tree. Then, while he was alone and in seclusion, this line of thinking arose in his awareness: “This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be-experienced by the wise. But this generation delights in attachment, is excited by attachment, enjoys attachment. For a generation delighting in attachment, excited by attachment, enjoying attachment, this/that… Read more »

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I don’t know that scripture but I believe you. Also, in the the Vedas is explained like this: TRANSLATION Then, in the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjanä, in the province of Gayä, just for the purpose of deluding those who are envious of the faithful theist. PURPORT Lord Buddha, a powerful incarnation of the Personality of Godhead, appeared in the province of Gayä (Bihar) as the son of Anjanä, and he preached his own conception of nonviolence and deprecated even the animal sacrifices sanctioned in the Vedas. At the time when… Read more »

Joseph
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Joseph

It is mainly traditionalists, and those of us who are from the East ( my family are from Tibet) that do believe in the many gods of Buddhism. Most converts from western societies are not traditionalist Buddhists and have a more modern look on the religion. It is these people who claim it is a philosophy and that is atheistic. They are buddhists, non the less, just a different look on it.

Thomas
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Thomas

wtf are you talking about? at least can you piss and fill a coca cola can? I mean you have to fill it to the zip

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The Buddha taught the gods himself, according to the Tibetan Tradition. It is why in Tibetan Buddhism we celebrate Lhabab Duchen, a day that commemorates the story that the Buddha was teaching in the God Realm, but returned to our own to teach us. Many people do not realise that Buddhism does actually believe in gods, and I find it sad when many people argue this myth as fact. It is only a minority, and mainly those who are from the west that are atheists. The vast majority of traditionalists, Buddhists from the east, do believe in many gods Have… Read more »

Briana Jacobs
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Briana Jacobs

As a Buddhist; THIS IS A DISGRACE. think what you want but I disagree

Lu Elèison
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Lu Elèison

I just leave it to the mystery of God. It’s all good.

siriusb23
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siriusb23

Yes, but most people don’t. I was listening to hate radio the other day, getting their take on the earthquake news, and about half of their callers were saying it was God’s punishment because Buddhists are atheists. (I like to take in different viewpoints, not listening to those wacknuts because I agree with them.)

Mr. Bluelight
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Mr. Bluelight

Buddha was an atheist; his followers made a religion out of him.

Kind of like Paul did with Jesus.