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View Poll Results: Do Buddhists (non-Christian ones) go to hell?
Yes 37 12.54%
No 228 77.29%
I don't know. 30 10.17%
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:42 AM
 
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I answered I don't know, because I don't know who is and who is not going to hell. Quite honesly I think it's sinful for a mere human being to make that decision or say it. God's mercy and grace has no boundaries.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:05 AM
 
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jessaka: This is true, Buddha didn't push people to accept everything he said, but he also knew that if they followed his teachings they would lead to liberation. If not, then they would be reborn again and again until they reached liberation, which he believed was through his moral teachings and meditation
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The Buddha said no such thing. Please don't ascribe your interpretation on the philosophy. Please show me where this was ever even hinted at in the Dhammapada or the Canon.

No one pushes Buddhism. I live in Asia, a buddhist culture, and people just don't care what you believe in. There have been no buddhist wars to convert the heathens or kill them.
This is what I found:




Ekāyano ayaṃ, bhikkhave, maggo

This is the one and only path: VRI translation

Bhikkhus, this is the direct path Bodhi translation...

...for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lammentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, for the attainment of the true way, for the realisation of Nibbana - namely, the four foundations of mindfulness"

-- MN10.2 Satipatthana Sutta
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Earth
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But it is not a path to godhead; it is a pathway to liberation, freedom from dukkha (suffering/unsatisfactoriness). Liberation is simply acceptance and freedom from want, desire.

It's so different from the christian beliefs. You can't look at buddhism with a christian mind, imho.

Nowhere does it state that the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path are the only way. It may have been the most recent buddha's way, but he states, try it, if it doesn't work, you have lost nothing. There is no ascribing heaven/hell type scenarios. The only promise is freedom from dukkha.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:43 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Nowhere does it state that the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path are the only way. It may have been the most recent buddha's way, but he states, try it, if it doesn't work, you have lost nothing. There is no ascribing heaven/hell type scenarios. The only promise is freedom from dukkha.
That's probably because the Christians are taught that man is a born sinner, that man cannot be good without God.
I don't think that Buddhist operate under the assumption that humanity is flawed from the beginning.
So, unlike the Christians, a Buddhist believes that without God man can still be good or evil.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:36 PM
 
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I answered I don't know, because I don't know who is and who is not going to hell. Quite honesly I think it's sinful for a mere human being to make that decision or say it. God's mercy and grace has no boundaries.
Best answer here. Thank you!
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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Ekāyano ayaṃ, bhikkhave, maggo

This is the one and only path: VRI translation
This is a Buddhist text from which I am quoting. I am not a Christian but have studied Buddhism for some time. I know it isn't a path to Godhead but to liberaton. I was just saying that I believed what Christ meant by "I am the way" was really his teachings were the way, not him. So I said that Buddha said much the same thing, which was, "This is the one and only path." Way=Path. Buddha was saying that his teachings led one to enlightenment, and if truth be told Christ was teaching a path to enlightenment also. Almost everything that Christ said was said first by Buddha, and much of what Buddha said was said first by the Hindus. There are a lot of simularities between all if the major religions. Knowing this I have been able to accept Christ's teachings as well. But I accept no man as a Master.
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:09 AM
 
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Default what is hell

nobody goes to hell in the sense of this question....we are in hell...hell is everything but heaven
i believe the fiery pit of endless suffering is the cyclistic existence of reincarnation which we must escape to go to heaven(what ever you want to call it)....which ironically is a very buddhist idea
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Old 11-10-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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"the Buddhist consider other religions to be heretical."


This is entirely untrue. Buddhists believe that you can still be Buddhist and study other religions as well.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:55 PM
 
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Default christians don't even know but just talk!

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The point I was trying to make (perhaps rather poorly) was that we are not the ones starting new threads on "buddhists are going to hell". I found it rather amusing that this thread was revived, and comments were made about "wasting my time by telling me this", etc. Sorry if this offended you.. was meant in a light-hearted way.

But the fact of the matter is, I believe in the Bible since I'm a Christian (or vice versa) and saying "Why don't Christians believe that there are other ways to heaven" is like saying "Why don't vegetarians believe they can eat meat." If a vegetarian ate meat, I wouldn't call him true vegetarian. If a Christian said Jesus is not the only way, I wouldn't call him a true Christian. After all, a "Christian" is a follower of Christ.. We're not making up our own rules, just believe in Christ.
Christians don't even know who the Buddha was and what he was trying to do and search for! They criticize us for worshiping him as a God or idol, Buddha never said to anyone to worship him as a God or make a idol of him, it is silly people who are into idolatry who done this to him, Buddha was a compassionate merciful person who was very disturbed and heart broken to see the sufferings of the ederly sick and dying that he left his own kingdom and family to become a monk and search for the cause of all human suffering, but unfortunately his was born into this world before Jesus came to Israel and never knew who Jesus was! If he had the chance to meet Jesus then I am 100% sure he would have become a disciple of Jesus so why do Christians put the Buddha down always??????This is not right!!!and many said he is in hell!!!Did God judged the Buddha when he died and cast him into hell just because he was trying to find the cause of human suffering and did not have the chance to know his son Jesus????this is also not right and plain wrong!!!!Christians are selfish narrowed minded people who love their own kind only and have no respect for others who were trying to search for the answers to suffering before Jesus came. They have no respect for Asian culture or the deceased, and did not the Bible said and Jesus say they are all sleeping???so how can the Buddha be in hell right now??????????and why would God send him there?????for being a compassionate merciful person???
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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Christians don't even know who the Buddha was and what he was trying to do and search for! They criticize us for worshiping him as a God or idol, Buddha never said to anyone to worship him as a God or make a idol of him, it is silly people who are into idolatry who done this to him, Buddha was a compassionate merciful person who was very disturbed and heart broken to see the sufferings of the ederly sick and dying that he left his own kingdom and family to become a monk and search for the cause of all human suffering, but unfortunately his was born into this world before Jesus came to Israel and never knew who Jesus was! If he had the chance to meet Jesus then I am 100% sure he would have become a disciple of Jesus so why do Christians put the Buddha down always??????This is not right!!!and many said he is in hell!!!Did God judged the Buddha when he died and cast him into hell just because he was trying to find the cause of human suffering and did not have the chance to know his son Jesus????this is also not right and plain wrong!!!!Christians are selfish narrowed minded people who love their own kind only and have no respect for others who were trying to search for the answers to suffering before Jesus came. They have no respect for Asian culture or the deceased, and did not the Bible said and Jesus say they are all sleeping???so how can the Buddha be in hell right now??????????and why would God send him there?????for being a compassionate merciful person???
Buddhism is non-judgmental. It seems that a lot of people who have contributed to this thread are. It seems to me, according to Judeo-Christian teachings that it is those who say that Buddhist will go to hell who themselves are well on that road as we are taught over and over not to judge or fellow man.

Next Why would a Buddhist want to go to a Christian heaven where, according to many, they would not be respected? They'd like to go to "Buddhist heaven" don't you think?

Third "Hell is simply other people." JPS
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