Talk:Trickle-Down Poison

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It's important to note that the Buddhist religion specifically does not deny atheism, and, as far as my understanding goes, is more of a framework than many specifics. They don't have a concept of apostasy. Hence, classing them as atheist is half correct in the sense that they don't necessarily make a denial.— Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

How atheist Buddhism is, is an interesting question. It is not monotheist in the way that Christianity/Islam/Judaism are. It has a varying relationship to polytheism, with Theravada adopting an almost Epicurean attitude towards the gods of polytheism (they don't care about us, we shouldn't care about them). But Mahayana is much more theistic, with its worship of Bodhisattvas. The "buddha nature" of Mahayana seems somewhat similar to Hindu or even Western notions of "God", although they carefully avoid that word. And some forms of Pure Land Buddhism are veering rather close to monotheism. Buddhism is very diverse, and very complicated. (((Zack Martin))) 07:34, 10 September 2011 (UTC)