Humanism, Buddhism, and the Bhodisattva Ideal

By: 
Tim Barger
Year: 
2009
Volumn: 
40
Number: 
2

 

Gerald Larue categorizes Buddha as a freethinker, noting “when the Buddha rejected Hinduism with its multitude of gods and began his independent quest for the meaning of human existence, he became a freethinker or an independent thinker within the social and religious context of ancient India.”  But Larue ascribes…  a belief in gods that have limitations: “Buddha rejected religious devotion to a god as a way of salvation. He accepted a practical atheism; the universe abounded in gods, goddesses, demons and other nonhuman powers and agencies, but all without exception were finite, subject to death and rebirth.”

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