Where Science and Enlightenment Collide

Is Buddhism Theistic?

Grand_Universe_by_ANTIFAN_REALI believe that Buddhism is not theistic, nor is it atheistic, rather it is Agnostic.  Let’s look at the definition of Agnosticism:

Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable. According to the philosopher William L. Rowe, in the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively.

For me personally this is how I see the middle way. I do not wish to limit the divine to my own understanding, nor do I wish to limit myself be believing I can know what is or is not.  The divine, in which ever form it takes, does not require you to believe in it for it to exist, but it is when you try to define it as a creator, or being, giving it properties of he or she, you being to limit what is truly limitless.  Instead it is more important to understand and focus on the causality and acts of the individual, finding the peace you seek in good works.  It is better for form a relationship with the universe itself than it is to understand the divine. It is when you form a close relationship with the universe that you realize that the divine is in fact everything.

Again this is but my truth, and yours may differ from mine.  so with the spirit of Satya I say Namaste


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