A Perfect Fit

Nichiren BuddhismSo many of the World Religions base their beliefs on a God, a Supreme Being, a Creator or an Entity whose existence is the focus of the religion’s belief.

As a confirmed Atheist, that focus never sat comfortably in my psyche. I don’t think anyone really believes in a white haired old man sitting in the clouds these days, but there are millions of people who base their faith on a Being whose existence cannot be proven. In fact, many religions actively seek to dissuade followers from even trying to prove that existence.

I was schooled in the Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as Psychology, and those sciences demand proof for each and every hypothesis. So when I stumbled, and that is the right way to describe it, upon Nichiren Buddhism, I was overjoyed to find that there was no supreme being and that every part of Practice demands we examine the results of that Practice as proof of it’s validity.

Nichiren Daishonin said that we should seek proof of the effectiveness of our Practice in the results it brings. He also says that if the results do not support the practice, that we should desist.

I don’t want anyone to think that I am putting Nichiren Buddhism above or before any other religion, I am only saying that, for me, it fits my thinking and for me, it works. Although I have been practicing for a little while now, I am still learning new things every day, and the results have been amazing so the proof is there for me, and others to see.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Indrajit Rathore
    Nov 21, 2013 @ 16:04:42

    Hindus believe that the soul is a reflection or indeed a part of god within you ( antaryami – the indweller) – go realize yourself by discovering it – discovering the god within – buddhists say realize your Buddhahood – sounds the same to me

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  2. Indrajit Rathore
    Nov 21, 2013 @ 16:06:51

    and forgive me – neither sound atheistic – where spirits and souls abound the feel is far from ‘atheism’

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    • Anupadin
      Nov 21, 2013 @ 18:45:02

      No forgive me, I have to disagree, the true meaning of atheism is that of having no god or gods, and Nichiren Buddhism fits that exactly. Buddha was a man, and went to great lengths to tell us so.

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      • Indrajit Rathore
        Nov 22, 2013 @ 05:10:21

        but tibetan buddhism and many others abound in gods or spirits and boddhisatvas and angelic beings – how can that fit into atheism – would like to learn

      • Anupadin
        Nov 22, 2013 @ 08:18:12

        The gods and spirits in Tibetan Buddhism are man made entities often created to illustrate a facet of belief as, it might be argued, are those of other religions. Nichiren Buddhism remains pure to the teachings of Shakyamuni, and hence, may be regarded as a philosophy as much as a religion.

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