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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 07:18 PM

3. Buddhism is nontheistic

We Buddhists don't believe in a creator God, or any other type of god for that matter. And we don't believe that we need some other person savior to save us. Each person is responsible for saving their own self by discovering their own enlightened mind, or Buddha nature, that every human was born with. It's just a matter of removing the mental delusions and confusions to discover our very own enlightened mind.

Buddhists also believe in egolessness. The ego, or view of I, me, mine is also a delusion. The ego is a fiction, the story that we tell ourself to make it seem like the ego is a solid, self existent thing. There is the "conventional I" that we all use, and really can't navigate in the world without. And then there is the wisdom view that ultimately ego is empty of solid self-existence. So if there is no ego, who/what is it that believes in a God? The teachings on egolessness are sometimes difficult to grasp. And I'm certainly not a skillful explainer.

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