Title : True Harmony of Buddhism and Creator God Religions (Lakshan)
Author: Lakshan Bandara
Last Modified Date: 2020-07-17
Article Code: 83
Keywords: Nirvana, God, Nonexistence
Concepts seem to conflict in religions. Result is, people separate each other from their hearts based on their believes.
The culprits of this human disaster are the religious leaders. They misinterpret the knowledge behind religions, intentionally or with ignorance.
Misleading the followers is common in Buddhism as well as in creator God religions like Catholicism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
When I reveal the true knowledge by explaining the concepts of Nibbana and Creator God, we can hope that people from all religions can unite.
Let me begin.
There are two main schools of thought (stories), which I call them, 'Western thinking' and 'Eastern thinking'.
Notice the hierarchy from top to bottom.
Western thinking is influenced by Creator God concept.
In the western story, it is said that God created everything (existence/ universe/ worlds), including man/ I (self) who has a physical body a with brain/heart to think.
René Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”, meaning I (self) exist in the first place, therefore I can think.
If God created existence, God cannot be existence. God must be nonexistence.
Existence has limits and is finite. Nonexistence has no limits and is infinity.
If God is formless meaning not finite, God has no limits and is infinity.
Therefore, the origin of existence in western thinking is nonexistence.
I'm a theist and I say "There is God. The God is nonexistence."
A blank sheet of paper has infinite nonexistent shapes.
For a rectangular shape to exist, you must draw a rectangle on paper using borders (limits).
To exist, there must be limits.
Likewise, if God exists with limits, such God is finite and cannot be infinity.
A personal God that exists is your company called God (Pvt) Ltd.
He is not the formless God, not the infinity.
Further to say, mathematical infinity is not infinity.
It has limits to exist and is finite.
(mathematics is within existence)
Western thinking is interested in generating existence using hopes.
Notice the hierarchy from bottom to top.
Eastern thinking is influenced by Nirvana/Nibbana concept.
In the eastern story, the focus is on “ending existence to end suffering”.
Search for the origin of existence is discouraged with a parable that when you are wounded by a poisonous arrow, would you waste time in inquiring the attacker and his pedigree or would you rather ask a doctor to save your life?
In my opinion, while you are in good care of a doctor and your life is not in danger, there are benefits in leaning about the attacker (origin).
Let me explain “ending existence to end suffering”.
Buddhism speaks for three attributes of existence (පැවැත්මෙහි ත්රිලක්ෂණය) namely Dhukkha (suffering), Anichcha and Anaththa.
Since the main study scope of Buddha (who meditated under a tree) was mind (සිත), he referred to existence (පැවැත්ම) as “existence of thoughts (සිතුවිලි වල පැවැත්ම)”.
It's attribute Dhukkha (suffering) results when hopes fail.
Hopes are the attachments (තණ්හා) to thoughts.
තණ්හාය ජායතී සෝකෝ
The cure to suffering is “nonexistence of those thoughts” called nirvana/nibbana.
For example, suppose you have a pet puppy.
Puppy exists in your thoughts and you hope that your puppy would play with you.
If your puppy dies in an accident, you feel sad.
Sadness is not in the physical puppy.
Sadness is in your thoughts of the puppy.
You suffer because you failed in hopes of your pet puppy.
But, you do not suffer when other puppies die in other parts of the world, because you don’t think about them.
If you can forget your pet puppy or simply think of anything else, meaning nonexistence of your puppy thoughts, then you will not feel sad.
That is nirvana/nibbana, the solution of Buddha to the problem of dhukkha.
Anyone can experience Nirvana when living.
It is not a difficult achievement as monks say.
Therefore, the destination of existence in eastern thinking is nonexistence (nirvana).
When combining eastern thinking and western thinking, existence originates from nonexistence and destines to nonexistence.
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In eastern thinking, the source of the physical existence is mind.
There’s a Buddhist verse of cause and effect:
“Mano pubban gama dhamma -Mano settha manomaya
Manasache pasannena - Bhasatheewa karothiwa”
It means, mind is the cause of all mental, verbal and physical actions.
If we change the cause, the effect will change.
For example, a physical chair exists because I can see it, hear it, smell it, taste it, touch it and/or think of it.
A dead man have all organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin). But, a physical chair doesn’t exist for him, because he cannot think of a chair.
Therefore, the physical chair exists as thoughts.
Likewise, the physical body, worlds and universe exist as thoughts.
Without the existence of thoughts, there’s nonexistence.
Mind create thoughts. I (self) is a thought.
Therefore, René Descartes quote must be corrected to eastern thinking as:
“Think.. I think (thought), therefore I am.”
meaning “the Thought of I” exist in the first place, therefore I can think.
Also in Buddhism, mind (chiththa) create thoughts (chithisika) and thoughts (චෛතසික) create mind (චිත්ත).
A circular interdependence.
The origin of existence in western story is God, which is nonexistence.
The origin of existence in eastern story is mind, which cannot be existence.
Therefore, mind is God, which is nonexistence.
Creator God is the base of western thinking.
But, according to main stream eastern belief, the creator God of western thinking is a fictional/fake thought (මිත්යා දෘෂ්ඨියක්).
This is the clash between eastern vs western thinking.
The legal systems and science, etc are built-upon western thought as God created everything.
They are fundamentally rejected as fictional lies by the eastern thought.
But, because of popular western education and legal systems in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankans are confused with western-eastern hybrid school of thought.
When strengthening existence with life goals, they forget Buddhist goals of nonexistence.
Though the eastern thinking and western thinking seem to run on two parallel tracks that do not meet each other, they share the root origin and ultimate destination of existence, which is nonexistence.
That's the harmony in religious main concepts.
We need both existence and nonexistence for a happy life.
Nonexistence is useful to us as well as existence.
For example, cessation of suffering in Buddhism is called nibbana (nonexistence).
Also, I developed a new theory to free any lifetime or death sentenced prisoner without trial in a lawful manner using nonexistence.
Nonexistence is freedom.
Nonexistence is ultimate truth (පරම සත්යය).
Truth in existence is relative truth (සාපේක්ෂ සත්යය).
So far, we discussed 3 main stories for existence and nonexistence.
1. Western story
2. Eastern story
3. Hybrid of the above two.
I have a new main story for Existence and Nonexistence, which you never heard of.
"New Theory of Existence and Nonexistence".
I will publish that article in this Intellect Forum to continue our discussion.
Western Story (school of thought)
Eastern Story (school of thought)
Relationship of Existence and Nonexistence
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