posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 07:24 AM
For anyone who cares, the Buddha was not an atheist.
Read the Nirvana Sutra, where the Buddha continuously uses the phrases
Pure, Eternal, Truth, Bliss, Self, to describe Nirvana.
Whenever the Buddha denies something, he always denies it to mean that it is not the Soul. So if you point to a body in question, and ask if the body
has real existence, he will say that while the body exists it is not the soul. He doesn't define the true nature of the body, only says it is not the
So the study of Buddhism should make it quite clear that there is an eternal Soul and not just an empirical body.
The body is made up of primarily five categories
What this means is that consciousness is also a finite, empirical level of the body. This means that the empirical consciousness must be denied.
However, this does not imply nihilism, which people thought about Buddhism when they first defined Nirvana as "Extinction" and it also does not
imply Atheism which people have defined Buddhism as when they imply that the Buddha did not believe in a Soul.
Instead, the Nirvana that the Buddha obtains, after countless lifetimes, and now will finally end the cycle of births and deaths, does in fact exist,
but it takes an omniscient type of mind to realize that everything in nature is finite and impermanent, and thus subject to suffering. Whereas the
only thing that is free from suffering is the Bliss of Nirvana.