Archive for the ‘Buddhism’ Category

Buddhism in America

January 28, 2018

Just to introduce a good article on the subject:

“At the same time, early scholars of world religions such as Paul Carusmade Buddhist teachings readily accessible to Americans. He published The Gospel of Buddha, a best-selling collection of Buddhist parables, a year after attending the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. This was the first time in modern history that representatives from the world’s major religions came together to learn about one another’s spiritual traditions.”

Please read more accessing the following link:

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Did Buddha believe in the hereafter?

February 22, 2017

“Gospel of Buddha mentions, that Buddha went to heaven to meet his mother who had died.
It does reflect, however, that Buddha believed in the hereafter.”

Discussion forum <www.religiousforums.com>, is my favorite discussion forum where I write posts and recommend others to discuss/debate on the religious issues.

One may like to click the posts # below to view, to comment and or to join discussion on the above topic, or one may discuss the topic here in my blog.

#113 paarsurrey, Jan 24, 2017

paarsurrey said:
It is a matter of revealed religions.
Well, Atheism are not affected, they neither believe in G-d nor in the hereafter. They are free to enjoy free-will, no compulsion.
Gospel of Buddha mentions, that Buddha went to heaven to meet his mother who had died.
It does reflect, however, that Buddha believed in the hereafter.
Please correct me if I am wrong. Please
Anybody, please
Regards

I find that Buddha went to heaven to meet his mother who had died in many a sites belonging to Buddha:
“The king of this realm is called Indra. The Indra who was king at that time was also Buddha’s disciple and he invited Buddha to go there. So Buddha went to benefit his mother and also, at Indra’s request, to benefit the other gods living there. He stayed three months, and then returned on this day.”
Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day – Kadampa Buddhism
So Buddha believed in after life. Right? Please

Regards

Paarsurrey responded:

But Buddha would have not gone to the heavens to meet his mother:

  • If Buddha had not considered it worthwhile and Buddha would have not given it full consideration
  • If Buddha had not believed in heaven
  • If Buddha had not believed in afterlife
  • If Buddha had not believed in reward for the good-people and punishment for the wrong doers
  • This could not happen if Buddha had not believed in ONE to judge the people

Right? Please
Regards

Western Buddhist rhetoric “the present moment”

February 3, 2014

I have commented on the “triangulations” blog on the topic
“The Present Moment: a Buddhist fetish”
http://triangulations.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/the-present-moment-a-buddhist-fetish/
http://triangulations.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/the-present-moment-a-buddhist-fetish/#comment-123738

paarsurrey
02/03/2014 at 7:44 am

@ john zande 02/02/2014 at 9:25 am

I agree with you. We cannot catch present; by the time we realize it; it has already passed and become past. In absolute sense; past, present and future are the same; part of the unseen.

It is an attribute of the One-True-God that he knows the seen or present and the unseen:
[23:93] Knower of the unseen and of the seen! Exalted therefore is He above all that which they associate with Him!

http://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=23&verse=92

I think there is nothing from Buddha to live in the present and to ignore past and future.

http://triangulations.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/the-present-moment-a-buddhist-fetish/#comment-123738

Naturalizing Buddhism: boon or bane?

January 30, 2014

I wrote following comments on the topic “Four strategies for naturalizing religion” ,

the meaningness blog of david chapman .

http://meaningness.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/strategies-for-naturalizing-religion/

My comments could be viewed at the following link:

http://meaningness.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/strategies-for-naturalizing-religion/#comment-4187

paarsurrey says:
January 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm
@ David Chapman: Comments of January 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

“You also seem to think that what I’m doing here is in some way new or unusual.”Unquote

It might have been started, I think, with good intentions by Paul Carus and D.T. Suzuki and others as I understand from the article:

But later D.T. Suzuki revisited his intention when he saw that it was not good for the world. This is if I have understood it correctly.

It would have been good if the scripture have been left as it had reached and it would have not been manipulated; no additions, subtractions and deductions have been made.

One could always write one’s viewpoint with one’s comments separately.

This has been done by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) – The End Times Reformer of all religions (The Promised Messiah, Imam Mahdi, End times Buddha etc).

This is my opinion; others could have different view point; I understand

Please don’t mind

Thanks and regards

Christianity is gutted: Buddhism under “naturalization”

January 25, 2014

A thought provoking article by David Chapman could be viewed at the following link:

http://meaningness.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/problems-with-scripture/

David Chapman writes:

“Christianity is gutted; it is reduced to a shell, an outer form whose core has been eaten away by non-Christian beliefs and practices.” Unquote

I have written following comments on the above article:

paarsurrey says:
January 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

@David Chapman
@ Marie Ramos: comment dated June 25, 2011 at 12:09 am

I have a lot of interest in the Buddha; though I am an Ahmadi Muslim; as belief in Buddha being a perfect man (called Messengers Prophets of One-True-God) is part of my faith (five pillars of our faith).

Since Buddhist scriptures (named after the Buddha) consist of thousand of pages; and one could not perhaps read it conveniently; I thanked God when I came by a book named “Gospel of Buddha” which gives the Buddhist scriptures in a concise form.

How do you see “Gospel of Buddha” in this perspective? Please
Thanks and regards

http://meaningness.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/problems-with-scripture/#comment-4135

Buddhism began like any other Divinely revealed faith

June 22, 2013

Paarsurrey wrote:

#1  One may like to read a research article by Mirza Tahir Ahmad on Buddhism, by clicking the link at the end of the following quote:

“This impression of the Buddhists’ negation of God is also wrong on another count. An exploration of early Buddhist sources as we shall demonstrate, reveals ample proof that Buddhism began like any other Divinely revealed faith with its emphasis on the Unity of God.”

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#5 I don’t say to believe in him (Mirza Tahir Ahmad) ; just read the article, which is not very long, and evaluate the contents, please. The writings on the Stupas are mentioned as earliest Buddhist sources on the topic.

Buddhism suffered deterioration and decadence just as the Buddha had foretold

May 18, 2013

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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said:

“Buddhist records also show that Gautama Buddha(as) had prophesied the coming of a second Buddha whom he named Metteyya. This prophecy is contained in Lagavati Sutta1, a Buddhist record to which reference is made on page 142 of Oldenberg’s book. It reads as follows:

‘He will be the leader of a band of disciples numbering hundreds of thousands, as I am now the leader of bands of disciples, numbering hundreds…’

It should be remembered that the Pali name ‘Metteyya’ is the same as ‘Mashiha’ in Hebrew…The future Metteyya prophesied by [the] Buddha(as) is none other than the Messiah himself. One strong evidence in support of this is that the Buddha(as) himself prophesied that the faith he had founded would not endure on earth for more than five hundred years, and that at the time of the decline of the faith and its teachings, theMetteyya would appear in this country to re-establish these moral teachings in the world. We find that Jesus(as) appeared 500 years after the Buddha(as) and, just as the Buddha(as) had foretold the time for the decline of his faith, Buddhism suffered deterioration and decadence. It was then that Jesus(as), having escaped from the cross, travelled to these areas where the Buddhists recognised him and treated him with great reverence…

It must be noted that the name Metteyya in Buddhist literature undoubtedly refers to the Messiah. On page 14 of the book Tibet, Tartary, Mongolia by H.T. Prinsep, it is written about the Metteyya Buddha, who in reality is the Messiah, that the first Christian missionaries, having heard and seen at first conditions obtaining in Tibet, came to the conclusion that in the ancient books of the Lamas there were to be found traces of the Christian religion. On the same page it is stated that there is no doubt about it that these earlier writers believed that some disciples of Jesus(as) were still alive when the Christian faith reached there. On page 171 it is stated that there is not the slightest doubt that at that time everybody was eagerly waiting for the great Saviour to appear.

Tacitus says that the Jews were not the lone holders of this belief, Buddhism too was responsible for laying the foundations of this expectation, inasmuch as it prophesied the coming of Metteyya. The author of the English work has moreover added a note to the effect that the books Pitakattayan and Attha-katha contain a clear prophecy about the advent of another Buddha who would appear a thousand years after Gautama or Shakya Muni.Gautama states that he is the twenty-fifth Buddha and that the Bagwa Metteyya is still to come; that is why after he has gone, one whose name will be Metteyya and who will be fair-skinned will come…This is why the followers of Buddhism had all along been waiting for the Messiah to appear in their country.

The Buddha(as), in his prophesy about the future Buddha, called him Bagwa Metteyya.Bagwa in Sanskrit means ‘white’. Jesus(as), being of Syrian origin, was Bagwa – of white complexion. The people of the land where this prophecy was made, i.e., Magadh, where Raja Griha was located, were dark-skinned and Gautama Buddha(as) himself was dark. Therefore, the Buddha(as) related to his followers two distinct signs of the future Buddha: first that he would be Bagwa – of white complexion, and secondly, he would be Metteyya– a traveller who would arrive from a foreign land…

We can never approve of the method adopted by European scholars who are so eager to prove one way or the other that the teachings of Buddhism had already reached Palestine by the time of the Messiah. It is most unfortunate that while the very name of Jesus(as) is to be found in the ancient books of Buddhism, these researchers adopt the devious course of trying to find traces of Buddhism in Palestine. Why do they not rather try to find the blessed footprints of Jesus(as) on the mountains of Nepal, Tibet and Kashmir?” Unquote

1. This seems to be a misprint in the original Urdu text. The correct name should be Cakkavatti Suttanta.

“Jesus in India” (SECTION 2: Evidence from books on Buddhism) by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

http://www.alislam.org/library/books/jesus-in-india/ch4.html