Author Topic: Is the Buddha Eternal? Is the Buddha a God?  (Read 4709 times)

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Re: Is the Buddha Eternal? Is the Buddha a God?
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2018, 08:39:03 pm »
In the eyes of buddha self, all existences and non existences are equally buddha. Similarly, God is the creator that means all existences and non existences are not outside of God. Thus, if living beings would to apply their God eyes / mind or Buddha eyes / mind, all emptiness and non emptiness are both neither inside or outside of self. For bodhisatvas are terms implying buddhas’ application such as Goddess of Mercy or Compassion, Bodhisatva in Mindfulness among others , Bodhisatva of wisdom, in the mundane cosmos to help all beings back to its origin like buddha

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Re: Is the Buddha Eternal? Is the Buddha a God?
« Reply #31 on: March 10, 2020, 10:55:33 pm »
Whether Amida is a literal Buddha or a symbolic expression, the ultimate truth of the Dharmakaya to which he points is the same:
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The Dharmakaya, though manifesting itself in the triple world (past, present, and future), is free from impurities and desires. It unfolds itself here, there, and everywhere, responding to the call of karma. It is not an individual reality, it is not a false existence, but is universal and pure. It comes from nowhere, it goes to nowhere; it does not assert itself, nor is it subject to annihilation. It is forever serene and eternal. It is the One, devoid of all determinations. This Body of Dharma has no boundary, no quarters, but is embodied in all bodies. Its freedom or spontaneity is incomprehensible, its spiritual presence in things corporeal is incomprehensible. All forms of corporeality are involved therein; it is able to create all things. Assuming any concrete material body as required by the nature and condition of karma, it illuminates all creations. Though it is the treasure of intelligence it is void of particularity. There is no place in the universe where this Body does not prevail. The universe becomes, but this Body forever remains. It is free from all opposites and contraries, yet it is working in all things to lead them to Nirvana. -The Flower Ornament Sutra
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Re: Is the Buddha Eternal? Is the Buddha a God?
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2020, 01:44:13 pm »
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The statue is not an idol or god to be worshipped, rather it is a symbol of Enlightenment and ideals of truth of Infinite Wisdom. The statue shows Amida Buddha in human form, reminding us that humans can realize the truth.

The Amida Buddha is leaning slightly forward—as if taking a step toward us with his right foot, bringing Infinite Wisdom and Compassion to all sentient beings.
He is emerging from a lotus flower, representing the essence of the Buddha. The Buddha taught us to live like a lotus, which rises up through the mud (the human world) to produce a pure, beautiful white flower (the peace and beauty of Enlightenment).

He taught us not to be defined by our environment and to grow out of all our afflictions and to rise above greed, hatred, anger and ignorance.
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Re: Is the Buddha Eternal? Is the Buddha a God?
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2020, 12:26:55 pm »
In ancient Indian cosmology, the length of one kalpa is 4.32 billion years. According to the sutras, Amida attained buddhahood ten kalpas ago, which would equal forty-three billion two hundred million years.

In modern cosmology, our universe is only about 13.8 billion years old. Amida’s attainment of buddhahood is therefore timeless, beyond human imagination.

Amida, as a buddha from the beginningless past, is a finger pointing to the moon of Dharma-body, the Ultimate Truth beyond time and form. The name Amida means infinite light and eternal life.

 


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