Many people often missunderstand about the God of buddhism. yes we have God but it is not considered as creator, controller of life.
in buddhism there is heaven and heaven do contain God. God can be considered as commender or captain of a ship. in buddhism there are
many forms of heaven and different God are in position in different sectors. inside the heaven their are also divisions. some are higher some lower.
yes buddhist belive there are God of life and death, and so and so. but they don't control our life. only we control ourselves. whatever we do is the result of
our previous act, sin or merit. they there to assist you or implement your result or oversea the heaven or other relms. Now the question is where is lord buddha?.
LORD BUDDHA is at the top level of heaven. he is the supreme power. above all the God. he has attained the most respectable position where the other Gods can't reach.
In the Buddhist viewpoint, there are 6 different realms we can be reborn into. And beings in each of these states has different degrees of happiness and
suffering. These realms are namely:
These Realms represents 6 different states of existence. Though some cannot be readily seen, they can be experienced. These 6 realms also represent 6
different states of mind a person might continually go through.
It is important to note that in Buddhism, gods are
not beings that control or intervene in our daily
lives. Rather, they are beings who experience a
great deal of happiness as life goes on smoothly
for a long time with absence of general suffering.
However, this state is only temporal. We all, at one
time or other, have had such an experience. When
"everything" goes our way, as we wish, we are
experiencing a state very similar to the gods.
These are beings who are constantly in an
aggressive or competitive state of mind. They have
great wealth, yet they are always reaching out,
striving for more. In our modern world many of us
are not unlike them. We live a generally high
standard of life. Yet, we are constantly seeking and
reaching out for more endlessly.
In this state we experience a mix of happiness and
suffering. It is also in this state that we are able to
attain Buddhahood. Thus a Buddhist would strive
not to be born as a god but as a human, as it is as a
human that we are most able to best practice the
The most powerful force acting on animals is
ignorance. They are guided mainly by instincts
where the preoccupying thoughts are food, sex
and material comfort. Many of us have had
experiences when craving for food or sex is so
strong that we do things that we might regret later.
A person who is too preoccupied by these
thoughts is thus somewhat bestial or animal in
In the ghost realm, beings are in a state of neurotic
desire, and not having them fulfilled. They are
always filled with great hunger or thirst. We have
often seen people in less fortunate nations in great
hunger due to drought or war. Their living is not
unlike beings in the ghost realm. Closer to home,
many people experience neurotic craving for
relationships and cause great pain to both parties.
These beings, of all the realms, are the ones
suffering from the most pain. These beings suffer
from constant acute physical and mental pain.
These descriptions fit the details of the ways in
which many prisoners-of-war have been tortured.
In all the various schools of Buddhism,
there are many similarities that we can find. These form nothing less than
the essence of the Buddha's teachings.
Buddhism does not take its starting
point from grand questions like "Who made this world?", or "What happens
to us after death?" It is not concerned with proving the existence of a
God or gods. Rather, it is more interested in down to earth facts, about
everyone of us wanting to be truly happy.
Thus, foremost in the Buddha's teachings
are The 4 Noble Truths. It is in these Truths that we find the reasons
and motivations for practising the Dharma.
1st Noble Truth: There are many dissatisfactions in our life.
The first impression people get
from a statement like that is that is it is very pessimistic! It is important
to note that the Buddha is not saying that there is only dissatisfaction
in life. He is just describing what, precisely, is problematic.
Noble Truth: There is a cause to these dissatisfactions.
The 2nd Noble Truth tells us about
the causes of these dissatisfactions. Craving and Aversion (Greed and Hatred).
It is the dissatisfaction with the present that we want to reach out for
something else out of Ignorance. We are thus never truly at peace.
Noble Truth: There is a way out of these dissatisfactions.
There is a way out of suffering-
this is the reason why Buddhism exists! In Buddhism, we call this state,
the complete end of suffering, Nirvana. It is the goal of all Buddhists.
The next Noble Truth tell us how to reach this state,
Noble Truth: The Noble 8 Foldpath.
The 4th Noble Truth provides us
with a path and teaches us what practical steps to take in order to attain
The Noble Eightfold Path can
into 3 different sections, the 3-Fold
Buddhist ethics is not a rigid moral
code. Nor are they about making judgements and arousing guilt. Rather,
Buddhists try to be aware of a particular failing and resolves to do better,
striving diligently to live up to Good Conduct.
Right Speech is about not
telling lies, avoiding harsh speech, slandering and back-biting. Generally
it is about not using our speech faculties in harmful and unproductive
Right Action deals with our
behaviour. To live a life where our actions are conducive to the happiness
of ourselves and those around us. A lay person may, as part of their commitment
to the Buddha's Way,observe the Five Precepts.
Right Livelihood. A good Buddhist
does not compromises his integrity by becoming involved in any activities
that harm other people, animals or the environment.
Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration
bring us fully into the heart of meditation. Meditation is a gradual process
of training the Mind to focus on a single object and to remain fixed upon
that object without wavering. Constant practice of meditation helps us
to develop a calm and concentrated mind. It is important to note that one
needs a qualified teacher to guide one when one begins meditation.
Right Effort is required if
we are to advance steadily on the spiritual path. It is important to note
that spending too much energy, like using too little energy, can also be
Right Understanding refers
to the need to understand, both in theory and practice, the Buddha's teachings,
testing them against our experiences. Only then can sound faith and confidence
is that which motivates our practice- the right reasons. Practice is not
for acquiring greater power or wealth, but to advance on the Buddha's path
towards Enlightenment and True Happiness for one and all.