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Seeing God and the Soul Through a Buddhist Lens



My personal philosophy about the dead goes like this: Once the dead go to heaven, their souls return to God. Having been wiped clean of their earthly existence, they become the pure and immaculate souls they originally were at the moment of creation by God.


Regarding my personal philosophy about the soul, it transcends the dualistic concept of a soul existing apart from the body.

I use it to reconcile the Buddhist concept of oneness and unity with God as Creator of the soul.

God, within context of my personal philosophy is closer to the Hindu concept of God, where He is both the Creator and the Created.

As for the soul, it is consciousness-genius, the "incorporeal mental processes" which continues after death.

However, Buddhist philosophy teaches that the soul has a finite existence. In its place is Buddha Nature, which is the karmic fruit of Amida Buddha's vows to become a Buddha.

Thus, God as Creator of the Buddha is part of the Buddhist concept of oneness and unity.

Personally, I do not see God as separate from the universe, the world and all life.

For my view of God is closer to panentheism than to Deism.

However, the Buddhist view of God as the Absolute transforms panentheism into the philosophy that the divine is in all things.

For everything in the cosmos is Buddha.

References:

Buddhist concept of oneness and unity: see Net of Indra
Deism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism
Hinduism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism
"incorporeal mental processes": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul#Buddhism
Net of Indra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_of_Indra
Panentheism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panentheism

edited 20121114.220211

4 comments:

Steve said...

http://frimmin.com/faith/godinall.php

One of the wildest aspects of mystical Christian thought lies in the simple truth that God is everywhere. And if God is in fact everywhere, then God is in all things, and all things are in God. As mystical theologian Matthew Fox writes: "As the ocean is in the fish and the fish are in God, so God is in everything and everything is in God." Theologians call this Biblical position "panENtheism," meaning literally, "all in God." Panentheism is distinguished from pantheism, which maintains that God is all, and all is God. Panentheism is not yet in most dictionaries, but with Google listing over 8500 pages with the word, perhaps its time has come!

Steve said...

"There is One God and Father from whom all things are, one Lord Jesus Christ through whom all things are, and one Holy Spirit in whom all things are." -- Ephesians

Steve said...

I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
stability of Earth, firmness of Rock. - from Lorica, or Breastplate of Saint Patrick

Steve said...

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me -- Lorica