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    Mahaparinibbana Sutta (Digha Nikaya 16): on his deathbed, the Buddha urges his disiples to be lamps unto themselves, and let the Dhamma be an island and refuge to them.

    Kalama Sutta (Anguttara Nikaya III:65): The Buddha advises a group of villagers searching for the best beliefs for themselves to question and look for those things that will lead to the best life here and now, not based on what religious leaders have told them.

    Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 71): Buddha denies omniscience and only claims to know his past lives, the arising and dissipation of other beings according to their karma, and liberation from samsara.

    In the Samyutta Nikaya (22:58), the Buddha says that the difference between a Buddha and an Arhat is that a Buddha discovers and elucidates the path of liberation. The arhats, who are disciples, follow the path and attain the same liberation that the Buddha does. It’s a distinction of priority, not of position or inherent importance.

    Some will place more importance on the Buddha than tradition or text calls for, but this is it: straight form the Pali Canon.

  • World Religions–From Ancient History to the Present There is no source material of his time to tell us anything about Siddhārtha Gautama, the founder of this Buddhism, Buddhist tradition holds that soon after the death of Gautama, a council of 500 monks was convened to decide what was the authentic teaching of the MasterThe Encyclopedia of World Faiths observes that “early Buddhism appears to have taken no account of the question of God, and certainly did not teach or require belief in God.” In its emphasis on each person’s seeking salvation on his own, turning inward to his own mind or consciousness for enlightenment, Buddhism is really agnostic, if not atheistic. . It ignored the fundamental concept of a Supreme Being, by whose will everything exists and operates.–Acts 17:24, 25.

    53 Because of this self-centered and independent way of thinking, the result is a veritable labyrinth of legends, traditions, complex doctrines, and interpretations generated by the many schools and sects over the centuries. the average follower of Buddhism is simply preoccupied with worshiping idols and relics, gods and demons, spirits and ancestors, and performing many other rituals and practices that have little to do with what Gautama the Buddha taught. Clearly, seeking enlightenment without God does not work.

  • Yes! It is true that many place Buddha along with Jesus in the same light. And in comparative religion this is true. Jesus was not a god.

    Jesus is said to have mentioned “My Father.” And this would lead some, uninformed, that he was the son of God which he was. Except in the same thinking the human race is considered “All God’s children.” Thus, neither one of them were “Gods.”

  • There are some nontheistic and some theistic Buddhist views. I tend to practice the nontheistic parts – I like the peaceful philosophy, but I do not believe in the Buddhist idea of an impersonal God. I like the way Buddha’s and Jesus’s views correspond. I read a book on it. It was very well written/.

  • There are some forms of Buddhism that worship a “divine” Buddha. But “Buddha” is just a title, meaning “enlightened”. The Buddhist sects that pray to the divine Buddha are not worshiping Siddhartha Gautama the man. They are worshiping the personification of Enlightenment itself.

  • I think I agree. Since they have no “real god” they focus on the Buddha. Maybe I’m wrong though. Correct me if I am mis-observing Buddhism.

  • i am a buddhist, buddha is not a God,

    anyone can become a buddha but they need to work off all of their bad karma and become fully enlighted then they can pass on to Nirvana once they die for the last time

  • No Buddha was the leader is creating the philosophy of Nirvana and releasing suffering from yourself and the world. To stop being dependent on materialistic things.

    Maybe you could compare to Jesus as a Leader in the ways of the faith but besides that, Buddha just tried to help end suffering not do flashy magic.

    He is not a god, not a creator, he was a man. A real man.

  • That would be a big NO!

    “Believe nothing, no matter who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and own common sense.” –Buddha

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