by Anura Guruge
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Note that it says ‘prayers to Buddha‘.
Yes, a lot of people, not too brightly pray to Buddha. Sadly that has to be a very pointless task. The Buddha, by his own words, and by the fundamental tenets of Buddhism, NO LONGER EXISTS.
The Buddha reached Nirvana. It basically means that his soul ceased to exist. His soul was blown out like a candle.
The Buddha attaining Niravana is the Buddhist equivalent to the resurrection. It is the crux of the belief.
So, as I always ask, how can YOU pray to somebody who does NOT exist. Yes, that raises other questions about other religions BUT, those who pray do so BECAUSE they are 1,000%+ convinced that there is somebody UP THERE. The Buddha is NOT up there. Take my word on that. I know. I know my Buddhism.
I explained this all before in this July 3, 2014 post. Here is a snippet from that post.
“In theory Buddhist should NOT pray!They have nobody to pray to. I kind of explained it here. Yes, Buddhist pray. The family that adopted me were BIG into prayer. But they prayed to the Hindu gods and sometimes even to the Christian God. So that is the flip of what Rowan is doing. Devout Buddhist praying to Christ because the Buddha is unavailable to answer prayer.”
Also please check out this post, from November 19, 2012,
which YET AGAIN is on this very topic.