Buddhism, Christianity and the question of creation: karmic by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

By Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the area created by means of a divine author? Or is it the consistent made of karmic forces? the difficulty of production was once on the center of the vintage controversies among Buddhism and Hindu Theism. nowa days, it may be chanced on on the centre of many polemical debates among Buddhism and Christianity. is that this the important barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and different theistic religions? The contributions to half One discover many of the elements of conventional and modern Buddhist objections opposed to the assumption of a divine writer in addition to Christian chances to satisfy the Buddhist critique. half asks for the capability fact on each side and indicates a stunning means that the barrier may be conquer. This opens a brand new around of philosophical and theological discussion among those significant traditions with hard insights for either.

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Html>: 'The psychological effects of believing in a creator God are here seen as negative. It serves as a means to blame an Other for the problems that exist, rather than taking personal self-responsibility. Holiness the Dalai Lama, Beyond Dogma: Dialogues and Discourses (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books 1996), pp. html>. 42' Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Creation However ... the tantric tradition is the only one which explains the Dharrnakaya in tenTIS of inherent clear light, the essential nature of the mind; this would seem to imply that all phenomena, sarnsara and nirvana, arise from this clear and luminous source ...

Cowell in Sacred Books of the East 49). Cf. Dzghanikaya I, p. 240. Suhrllekha 50. Cf. Golden Zephyr, transl. by L. (Emeryville, CA: Dharma Publishing 1975), p. 46. f/Kii (cf. C. Lindtner, 'Madhyamaka Causality', Hi5rin 6, 1999, pp. a (cf. G. Chemparathy, 'Two Early Buddhist Refutations of the Existence of Isvara as the Creator of the Universe', Wiener ZeitschriJt flir die Kunde Siidasiens 12-13, 1968-69, pp. a 7-9 (cf. C. Lindtner, Nagarjuniana, Copenhagen 1982, pp. 186-9). Madhyamakahrdaya III, vv.

What grounds ethics? Goodness or virtue can be grounded, as it is in much of theism, in the fact that certain actions are pleasing to the Creator; or it can be grounded, as it is in 14 The Dalai Lama, Answers: Discussions with Westem Buddhists, edited by Jose Ignacio Cabezon (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion 2001), p. 13, my insertion. 15 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications 1996), translated and annotated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, p.

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