Posts Tagged ‘Gospel of Buddha’

Islamic Belief in the Prophets who were not Jewish

October 10, 2017

(viii) The Prophets of Other Religions

So far we have talked only about the prophets of the Bible and the Quran. What about the prophets of other religions and nations? According to the Quran, God has sent His messengers to every nation:

“There is not a people but a Warner has gone among them” (35:25)
“For every nation there is a Messenger” (10:48)

The Muslims, therefore, believe that earlier religions were also founded by God’s messengers. Their teachings, however, were corrupted by their followers over the course of time. Below are given the names of some of the founders of other religions who could be equated to the prophets of the Quran and the Bible.

Luqman: mentioned in the Quran by name but his territory is unknown. According to some scholars he was the
Greek “Aesop” while according to others he was a Prophet in Abyssinia. Luqman does not correspond to any Biblical prophet.

Zoroaster:  The founder of Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion of Iran. Zoroaster’s period is roughly placed at around 1500 B.C.

Krishna, Ram Chandar: Krishna is known among the Hindus as an “Avatar” Ram Chandar or a manifestation of God. It appears that both Krishna and Ram Chandar were the Hindu equivalent of the Quranic nabis. They, however, were not the founders of the Hindu religion.

Mahavira: Founder of Jainism, Mahavira lived in India in the sixth century B.C. He tried to abolish the caste system that existed in Hinduism.

Buddha: Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was the founder of the Buddhist faith. He lived in India in the sixth Century B.C. The word ‘Buddha’ means the Enlightened One.

Confucius: Founder of Confucianism, a Chinese religion. Confucius lived in China in the fifth century B.C. His teachings placed great emphasis on social ethics.

Lao Tze: The founder of the Tao religion of China who lived in the sixth century B.C.

https://www.alislam.org/library/book/book-religious-knowledge/islam-religion-obedience/islamic-beliefs/

I appreciate the above article written by Jamaat Ahmadiyya, a very scholarly article indeed.

Regards

 

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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

Buddha believed in one true God; from Buddhist scriptures

July 1, 2013

I wrote posts on <http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/> under the thread < The true religion invites comparison >. Sometime there are useful off the topic discussions also; here is one such instance. I give below some such posts on the topic of this post for the viewers of this blog.

(To see the context of a post, please, click the post #; that will take you to the full single view of the post in the forum, and then click the thread topic on the right upper corner, that will take you to the discussion that ensued in the forum.)

Paarsurrey wrote:

#77

Originally Posted by BruceDLimber: Baha’i

IMHO not much of a discussion is needed given these passages in the Buddhist scriptures: 

There is, O monks, an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. Were there not, O monks, this Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, there would be no escape from the world of the born, originated, created, formed. Since, O monks, there is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, therefore is there an escape from the born, originated, created, formed. What is dependant, that also moves; what is independent does not move.
(Udana 8:3)

and

“The one who does not desire anything,
“But directly knows even the uncreated;
“Not satisfied, such a one breaks off any
“Possibility for rebirth by swallowing
“What he has made. Such one is the Supreme!”

–Dhammapada 9

Buddhist scriptures also speak of “gods and men.”

Peace, 🙂

Bruce

Paarsurrey wrote : Buddha believed in one true God.

Thanks BruceDLimber
Regards

 

#81

Without comparisons one cannot search and reach to truth, hence, the true religion invites comparison; it is a strong merit of a believer.

#83

From Gospel of Buddha:

Quote:”When the Buddha had thus spoken, one of the Brahmans said:
“We are told, Gotama, that the Sakyamuni knows the path to a union with Brahma.” 27
And the Blessed One said: “What do you think, O Brahmans, of a man born and brought up in Manasakata? Would he be in doubt about the most direct way from this spot to Manasakata?” 28
“Certainly not, Gotama.” 29
“Thus,” replied the Buddha, “the Tathagata knows the straightpath that leads to a union with Brahma. He knows it as one who has entered the world of Brahma and has been born in it. There can be no doubt in the Tathagata.” 30
And the two young Brahmans said: “If thou knowest the way show it to us.” 31
And the Buddha said: 32
“The Tathagata sees the universe face to face and understands its nature. He proclaims the truth both in its letter and in its spirit, and his doctrine is glorious in its origin, glorious in its progress, glorious in its consummation. The Tathagata reveals the higher life in its purity and perfection. He can show you the way to that which is contrary to the five great hindrances. 33″ Unquote

Page 142: Chapter XLIX. THE TWO BRAHMANS

http://www.arthursbookshelf.com/Budd…ul%20Carus.pdf

Paarsurrey says:

The one true God is known by His attributes; naturally therefore in all regions of the world and in all languages He has different names but the same attributes.

Quran solves this issue:

[7:181] And to Allah alone belong all perfect attributes. So call on Him by these. And leave alone those who deviate from the right way with respect to His attributes. They shall be repaid for what they do.

The Holy Quran Arabic text with Translation in English text and Search Engine – Al Islam Online

[17:111] Say, ‘Call upon Allah or call upon Rahman; by whichever name you call Him, His are the most beautiful names.’ And utter not thy prayer aloud, nor utter it too low, but seek a way between.
[17:112] And say, ‘All praise belongs to Allah Who has taken unto Himself no son, and Who has no partner in His Kingdom, nor has He anyone to help Him on account of weakness.’ And extol His glory with all glorification.

The Holy Quran Arabic text with Translation in English text and Search Engine – Al Islam Online

[20:9] Allah — there is no God but He. His are the most beautiful names.

The Holy Quran Arabic text with Translation in English text and Search Engine – Al Islam Online

[59:25] He is Allah, the Creator, the Maker, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.

The Holy Quran Arabic text with Translation in English text and Search Engine – Al Islam Online

So, God Allah YHWH was in Buddha’s speech named as Brahma.

Buddha believed Union with Brahma; that the right path was to acquire attributes of Him and that was the meaning of the union, in my opinion.

Of course others could differ with me; it is their right as is mine.

#92

lewisnotmiller  Atheist

Originally Posted by paarsurrey

1.Urmonotheismus (German for “primeval monotheism”) or primitive monotheism is the hypothesis of a monotheistic Urreligion, from which non-monotheistic religions degenerated. This is diametrically opposed to the evolutionary view of religion, which holds that religion progressed from simple forms to complex: first preanimism, then animism, totemism, polytheism and finally monotheism (see Anthropology of religion).[1]

2.Alleged traces of primitive monotheism were located in the deities Assyrian Ashur and Marduk, and Hebrew YHWH. Monotheism in Schmidt’s view is the “natural” form of theism, which was later overlaid and “degraded” by polytheism.[2]

Urmonotheismus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I think that could also help.

Thanks, I’ll do some reading on that.

#94

Originally Posted by Sterling Archer

But you will always call him Allah  . Seems rather biased but I enjoy how Persians call him Khuda as well.

 

Paarsurrey wrote :There is no harm in calling the one true God with the name of Khuda or Ahura Mazda or Yahweh or any other good name; Quran mention that all good names of the one true God belong to Him.

#96

Originally Posted by paarsurrey

There is no harm in calling the one true God with the name of Khuda or Ahura Mazda or Yahweh or any other good name; Quran mention that all good names of the one true God belong to Him.

Sterling Archer wrote: very true indeed

Buddha had no characteristics of atheism in him

June 16, 2013

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Buddha got enlightenment, self awakening or transcendental knowledge which is nothing else than the Word of Revelation or Message from the one true God; and thereafter Buddha preached the message and when he was nearing death; he told his followers to continue preaching the message with forbearance and patience.

I think only that person can preach who is not in doubt; with certainty one could preach.
I don’t think preaching is a characteristic of atheism.

For Buddha’s fervor with preaching please view Gospel of Buddha Chapter 47 titled “The Preacher’s Mission” Verses 1-11 Pages 127-128 by accessing the following link:

http://www.mountainman.com.au/buddha/carus_47.htm

Buddha, Krishna and Moses trod the same path

May 15, 2013

I have written the following post on my favourite discussion forum; the topic is“Peaceful Buddha for waging defensive war if attacked by enemy” < http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/general-religious-debates/147887-peaceful-buddha-waging-defensive-war-if-2.html>; one could view the same and comment there or in this blog paarsurrey, my pleasure.

Paarsurrey says: 

Post  #1 Buddha says:

“And the Blessed One said: “The Tathagata is like unto a powerful king who rules his kingdom with righteousness, but being attacked by envious enemies goes out to wage war against his foes. When the king sees his soldiers fight he is delighted with their gallantry and will bestow upon them donations of all kinds. Ye are the soldiers of the Tathagata, while Mara, the Evil One, is the enemy who must be conquered. And the Tathagata will give to his soldiers the city of Nirvana, the great capital of the good law. And when the enemy is overcome, the Dharma-raja, the great king of truth, will bestow upon all his disciples the most precious crown which jewel brings perfect enlightenment, supreme wisdom, and undisturbed peace.” 26
Unqote

The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus Chapter: XLVII. THE PREACHER’S MISSION.

http://www.arthursbookshelf.com/Budd…ul%20Carus.pdf

 

Post  #8   You can read it on-line, please:

http://www.arthursbookshelf.com/Budd…ul%20Carus.pdf

No harm to have a hard copy though.

Post  #9  This is exactly what Krishna did with his adversaries.

This tells all revealed religions in origin are from one source of the one true God.

Post  #12  If the example or the metaphor did not fit in case of Buddha; he would have not spoken about it.

I don’t agree with you.

Post  #19  As Buddha explained, please refer to the OP; Moses did the same.

So Buddha, Krishna and Moses trod the same path, the only rational and middle path.

All three are comparable, in my opinion.

 

 

Peaceful Buddha for waging defensive war if attacked by enemy

May 11, 2013

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I have today started a thread @ http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/general-religious-debates/147887-peaceful-buddha-waging-defensive-war-if.html#post3323278 titled above

Buddha says: 

“And the Blessed One said: “The Tathagata is like unto a powerful king who rules his kingdom with righteousness, but being attacked by envious enemies goes out to wage war against his foes. When the king sees his soldiers fight he is delighted with their gallantry and will bestow upon them donations of all kinds. Ye are the soldiers of the Tathagata, while Mara, the Evil One, is the enemy who must be conquered. And the Tathagata will give to his soldiers the city of Nirvana, the great capital of the good law. And when the enemy is overcome, the Dharma-raja, the great king of truth, will bestow upon all his disciples the most precious crown which jewel brings perfect enlightenment, supreme wisdom, and undisturbed peace.” 26

Unquote

The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus Chapter: XLVII. THE PREACHER’S MISSION.

http://www.arthursbookshelf.com/Buddhism/The%20Gospel%20of%20Buddha%20-%20Paul%20Carus.pdf

One could freely comment there on the discussion forum or here in my blog, my pleasure.

Buddha: Truth- mind when it walks in the path of righteousness

April 16, 2013

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One should always strive to set one’s mind on the right path- the path that leads to the Truth. And truth is a name of the one true God.

Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus

Buddha says:

Quote
“Is not man an organism of many aggregates? Are we not
composed of various attributes? Man consists of the material
form, of sensation, of thought, of dispositions, and, lastly, of
understanding. That which men call the ego when they say ‘I
am’ is not an entity behind the attributes; it originates by their
co-operation. There is mind; there is sensation and thought,
and there is truth; and truth is mind when it walks in the path of
righteousness
. But there is no separate ego-soul outside or
behind the thought of man. He who believes that the ego is a
distinct being has no correct conception of things. The very
search for the atman is wrong; it is a wrong start and it will lead
you in a false direction. 6″ Unquote

Page: 30 Chapter: IX. “THE BODHISATTA’S SEARCH”. Gospel of Buddha

Quran says:

[1:6] Guide us in the right path —
[1:7] The path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not incurred Thy displeasure, and those who have not gone astray.

http://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=1

“Hell is their own making”: Buddha

April 13, 2013

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The Atheists Agnostics extol Buddha as if he was one of them and he did not believe in heaven or hell.

That is not the case. It is one’s good deeds or bad deeds that make a hell or heaven for an individual.

Gospel of Buddha

“The Bodhisatta, having put Mara to flight, gave himself up to meditation. All the miseries of the world, the evils produced by evil deeds and the sufferings arising there-from, passed before his mental eye, and he thought: 1
“Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires. 2
“They crave pleasure for themselves and they cause pain to others; when death destroys their individuality, they find no peace; their thirst for existence abides and their selfhood reappears in new births. 3
“Thus they continue to move in the coil and can find no escape from the hell of their own making. And how empty are their pleasures, how vain are their endeavors! Hollow like the plantain-tree and without contents like the bubble. 4”

Page 60: Chapter XII. ENLIGHTENMENT Gospel of Buddha

The one true God has created both the hell and the heaven; and under a set principle of the one true God, one goes to the one an individual deserves.

Buddha permits war to a soldier/General

April 2, 2013

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Gospel of Buddha

“And Simha said: “One doubt still lurks in my mind concerning the doctrine of the Blessed One. Will the Blessed One consent to clear the cloud away so that I may understand the Dharmaas the Blessed One teaches it?”14

The Tathagata having given his consent, Simha continued: “I am a soldier, O Blessed One, and am appointed by the king to enforce his laws and to wage his wars. Does the Tathagata who teaches kindness without end and compassion with all sufferers, permit the punishment of the criminal? and further, does the Tathagata declare that it is wrong to go to war for the protection of our homes, our wives, our children, and our property? Does the Tathagata teach the doctrine of a complete self-surrender, so that I should suffer the evil-doer to do what he pleases and yield submissively to him who threatens to take by violence what is my own? Does the Tathagata maintain that all strife, including such warfare as is waged for a righteous cause, should be forbidden?”15

The Buddha replied: “He who deserves punishment must be punished, and he who is worthy of favor must be favored. Yet at the same time he teaches to do no injury to any living being but to be full of love and kindness. These injunctions are not contradictory, for whosoever must be punished for the crimes which he has committed, suffers his injury not through the ill-will of the judge but on account of his evil-doing. His own acts have brought upon him the injury that the executer of the law inflicts. When a magistrate punishes, let him not harbor hatred in his breast, yet a murderer, when put do death, should consider that this is the fruit of his own act. As soon as he will understand that the punishment will purify his soul, he will no longer lament his fate but rejoice at it.”16

Pages: 147-148 Chapter: LI. SIMHA’S QUESTION CONCERNING
ANNIHILATION.
http://www.arthursbookshelf.com/Buddhism/The%20Gospel%20of%20Buddha%20-%20Paul%20Carus.pdf

Paarsurrey says:

It is in this context that Quran permitted Muhammad and his companions to wage war with the Meccans:

[22:40] Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made, because they have been wronged — and Allah indeed has power to help them —

[22:41] Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is Allah’ — And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated. And Allah will surely help one who helps Him. Allah is indeed Powerful, Mighty —

http://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=22&verse=39