Buddhist Pantheon

From its very origins, Buddhism has recognized a wide range of divinities (devas, a term frequently translated as "gods"), while taking pains to emphasize that the Buddha himself is not divine, but human (Aṅguttaranikāya, 2.37–9). The various divinities are powerful superhuman beings who influence the world in manifold ways. Although many of these divinities have Vedic (Hindu) origins, in the early Buddhist tradition they are not considered immortal, but rather are trapped in SAMSARA and thus, like all SENTIENT BEINGS, are subject to the law of KARMA (ACTION) and therefore DEATH and REBIRTH.

Syndicate content
  • Recommend Us