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Please discuss the creation of the world (here on this earth) from a Buddhist perspective. Is there a Creative Force? Thank you.
Thanks for asking this question. With this question some useful Dhamma aspects can be discussed. First we must understand that Buddhism reject any creation theory like in Christianity Islam and Hinduism. The Buddha clearly pointed out that there is no God created the world and beings in it. Having rejected the creation theory the Buddha explained everyone and everything comes into being due to many causes and conditions. Brahmanism the early form of Hinduism believed that humans had been created by the Almighty God. They divided humans into four castes as Brahmana warriors business and slaves. The reason to do it they said it is because the place they were born from Almighty God body; Brahmana people came from God's mouth warriors from hand of God Business people from thigh and slaves from feet of God. On few occasions The Buddha questioned some Brahmins. 'Have you seen pregnant mothers deliver babies? 'yes' 'then how can you say that these people born from this and that part from God?' They believed that not only beings but also the planet earth and other planets in the syetem created by some one who is invisible. It was due to belief that there is The God but there was no one who saw the God and talked to. In another Occasion a brahmin was questioned by the Buddha whether your teacher your teacher's teacher ancestors great ancestors and so on had seen the God. the answer was negative. Then The Buddha asked why people believe such things just because they come from teachers. The Buddha also presents a creation theory which is not done by anybody else but the person itself. Here it is called Kamma. Beings born to a different forms due to their unskillful action words and thoughts. When they misbehave by body speech and mind they already book another life that is sorrowful. Even though beings do good things but not end desire they many reborn in happy place and they still in the cycles. So in Kamma theory the Buddha did not created anything but explained what is happening when we do good and bad. It clearly discusses the validity of dependent theory. One thing comes into being due to some cause and conditions. The Buddhist teaching further explains that greed hatred and delusion are the creators of being not an external force. If you die with those defilement you reborn respective to the level of those defilement. Therefore the creator of all beings is their Kamma finally oneself. Material things like the world universe also were not created by someone who is powerful. It is the energy that exists in the universe. It is combination of solidity cohesion air and heat element. Nothing in the universe is out of these four elements. Even humans animal deities everyone have some form of physical bodies. they are made up of these four elements. However some people at this point say that there should be someone to create the nature. they argue it is the God. Then we can pose a question who was the creator of God? how come the God came into being? If greed hatred and delusion create a being and take him to next life not with the same form there is possibility to stop that creator greed hatred and delusion. So The Buddha explained the path for the ending of these defiled state. They root in beings mind and they have to be uprooted in the mind too. Certainly everything is depending on causes and conditions. when necessary causes and conditions come together the respective results appear. when the causes and conditions depart the result also disappear. The Buddha in presenting this truth shows us the characteristics of material and immaterial things. The nature of beings the world and the universe are impermanent what is impermanent is really unsatisfactory. If things are impermanent and unsatisfactory how can we say 'I' 'Me' 'myself'. This shows that the Buddhist point of view about the beginning of beings and the world does not depend on belief but careful investigation of cause and conditions. It is not a creation of the Buddha not does any one else yet he discovered the truth which was covered by ignorance.
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Monks, if others speak in disparagement of me, of the Dhamma or of the Sangha, you should not be angry, resentful or upset on that account. If you were to be angry or displeased at such disparagement, that would only be a hindrance to you.
If others disparage me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, then you must explain what is incorrect as being incorrect", saying: ‘That is incorrect, that is false, that is not our way, that is not found among us.’
Monks, if others speak in praise of me, of the Dhamma or of the Sangha, you should not on that account be pleased, happy or elated. If you were to be pleased, happy or elated at such praise, that would only be a hindrance to you." If others praise me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, you should acknowledge the truth of what is true, saying: ‘That is correct, that is right, that is our way, that is found among us’.
The Buddha (Brahmajala sutta - DN 01)