Originally posted by ZeroDeep
Well said, Never heard this before. Buddha was truely an Elightened being. Its said the only path to samasara is to awaken the pure mind.
To answer a few indirect questions...
According to Buddhism, man's position is supreme. Man is his own master, and there is no higher being, or power that sits in judgment over his
"One is one's own refuge, who else could be the refuge?" He encouraged, and stimulated each person to develop himself, and to work out his own
emancipation; for man has the power to liberate himself from all bondage through his own personal effort, and intelligence.
Other teachers of the time were either God, his incarnation in a different form, or inspired by him. The buddha was not only a human being; he claimed
no inspiration from any God, or external power either. He attributed all his realiztion, attainments, and acheivements, to human endeavour, and human
intelligence. Everyman within himself has the potentiality of becoming a Buddha, if he so wills it, and endeavours.
This is what I feel the point that ZeroDeep was trying to make. He was not saying, unlock the Buddha within you... he was saying within each and every
one of us, lies the power to accomplish each, and everyone one of our dreams, and goals... but who searches within themselves for the ability to do
so? (thats just my opinion any how...)
As far as the Buddha being "anti-god"? God takes many forms, and plays many different roles RELATIVE TO WHO IS LOOKING AT GOD. God to the christian
is one thing, while God to the taoist, and God to the Pan! tribe of africa, is a totally different thing. Buddhism merely looks at God in a different
way than the way you look at it... It's not "anti-god", nor is it "pro-god", it is "truth"... to those who believe it is.
I believe you meant Nirvana when, you said Samsara? Anyhow, just as in the woods, there are many paths leading out of it... it is up to you to find a
path suitable for you, and walk it... The buddhist way is not the only way, it is merely a path... we like to call it the middle path... there are
high paths, and low paths, and paths in between as well...
I think I sorta forgot where I was going with this response... but I think I probly made the point I was trying to make...
Peace, Love, and Happiness to all beings.