Re: Cub Scout Religious Requirement
James Hermann (jhermann@AIS.NET)
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 13:13:12 -0600
On Mon, 14 Nov 1994, Bob McGwier wrote:
> I was once told (i.e. take it with a grain of salt) from a religious awards
> expert for our district that the Buddhist `sect' that sponsored that
> particular award DID believe in a supreme deity but that they were a tiny
> minority of the world Buddhist population. Can someone with more authoratitiv
> information confirm or deny this?
I asked this question on the talk.religion.buddhism newsgroup and received
From: email@example.com (Namdrol)
Subject: Re: Boy Scouts and Buddhism
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, jhermann@eagle (James Hermann)
Do some Buddhists consider Buddha to be a "supreme being"?
Can some Buddhists swear to "do my duty to God"?
Do a majority of Buddhists hold these beliefs?
Does a small Buddhist sect believe in "God" as a supreme being?
Buddha is supreme in that he has put an end to his own suffering and
nevers takes rebirth. He is not, however, a savior, or a Creator, or a
God. But he is called "protector" because if one follows the tachings of
the Buddha, one will be protected from the sufferings of samsara through
applying Buddha's insights to one's own life and will eventually become a
A Buddhist has no duty to "God" as such, as from a Buddhist point of
view, such an entity, God, is non-existent. Buddhism denies the belief
that the world was created by a God. For instance, I would never swear on
a Bible or before God in a court of law as that is fundamentally
contradictory to my belief as a Buddhist, however put a Buddhist sutra in
front of me, or ask me to tell the truth by the power of the real
enlightenment of the Buddha and I would not hesitate.
There is no _true_ Buddhist who accepts a notion of an outer saviour
like Jesus Christ. Buddha taught that we all must acheive our own
liberation, that no one would do it for us. The vows of taking refuge in
the Buddha preclude one from beleiving in other religions, or accepting
non-Buddhist religious teachers or teachings as one's own faith ( I here
the sounds of shock and horror ringing from the interfaith peanut
There are many people who beleive what ever they like about Buddhism.
Such people have not studied Buddhist teachings clearly without bias. If
one studies Buddhist teachings it will be quite impossible to come away
with an idea that Buddha taught any kind of belief in an ultimate supreme
being as a creator of the Universe, or any variation thereof.
Yours In the Buddha's teaching,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City