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Old 12-15-2004, 03:45 AM   #46
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LOL, I thought my daughter made that word up because she couldn't pronounce it when she read it! She told me she had an online friend who was an athesiest, and I said, a what??
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Old 12-15-2004, 03:48 AM   #47
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I have a soft corner for non-believers..

I think I could be THEIR GOD
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Old 12-15-2004, 03:50 AM   #48
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As I said before I only worship me.
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:21 AM   #49
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Buddhists don't believe?? I didn't know that. The Dhali Lama seems very religious.
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Buddhists don't believe?? I didn't know that. The Dhali Lama seems very religious.
He is religious. Religion is a set of principles, guidelines, and customs.
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:36 AM   #51
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Thanks, I have one more question: if Buddhists are non believers in the afterlife, and most Chinese are traditionally Buddhist, why do they pray to their ancestors/believe the spirits of their dead relatives will help them? Do they believe in ghosts?
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Buddhists believe in reincarnation.

Im really not full bottle on it. Im still trying to find a better way to explain the whole Buddhists = religious athiests concepts.

Tis probably better if a Buddhist answers your questions. We shall wait and see if we can catch one, err, one wanders into this thread.
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Kitten, in the mean time, try

http://www.buddhanet.net/

and click on the ebook

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Good Question, Good Answers
by Ven. S. Dhammika
A very popular eBook - with clear answers to questions on Buddhism.
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I doubt if there is any BUDDHIST on this board...

may be yertle.. dunno
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Speaking of taste...where are these damn cookies everyone's talking about?
My co-worker was just handing them out when I read your post. Chocolate... yummi!

Oh, I think I'll be on a lifelong search to find out whether or not I'm agnostic.
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Thanks for the link beli. Now I too can say, I have an online friend who's an 'athesiest'
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I doubt if there is any BUDDHIST on this board...

may be yertle.. dunno
I was raised Catholic, but lately I've become very interested in Buddhism and will read more about it now that I'm graduating and have the time.

Maybe I'm really a yogaist
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But if Buddhists believe in reincarnation, they must believe in souls, so therefore they must believe in some kind of supreme being?
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Where's the insomniac dyslexic agnostic thread?
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Athiest here...or at least Agnostic, though i think most of the options considered are usually pretty limited (i.e. do you believe in a one God or no?).

What if you believe there WAS a God, but he blew himself/herself/itself up real good in order to make the universe that we have (i.e. the Big Bang was the Big Suicide)? That way, it's, yes, still the fact that God is in all of us (or his/hers/its remains anyway).

What if there are an infinite number of universes, "living" in parallel dimensions (think soap bubbles that stick to each other) and, yeah sure, there is a possibility that some of these were created in a way that there was first an all-powerful being that came about who then set about creating its own tailor-made universe which it ruled forever (or for a loooong time)? Maybe some universes came about on their own and are ruled by whatever cosmic laws (or their own physics) that are prevalent?

Maybe it is true that some things don't need a first cause...that they can come into being out of nothing (as some Quantum theories predict and physics experiments have measured, i believe). If yes, that's good news for everyone, believers and non-believers alike, because that leaves it open that a God can be its own first cause or a universe or particle (or anything) can be its own first cause...somebody doesn't necessarily need to make it.

I never felt at ease with the answer that "God always has been...he's infinite...nobody created him." If God doesn't need a creator, why does a universe? Why can't what IS, also have been that way forever?

Whatever the answer, all non-believers and believers can at least take heart in one common thing: there probably is an answer, and we're all part of it. How meaningful it is in the end is all subjective.
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