Discuss the applicability of theodicy to Buddhism

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Stanton Winder | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The question of how God can be good and all-powerful and evil still exist in the world is not necessarily applicable to Buddhism. Buddhists do not believe that God is a personal being to be worshiped. There are two schools of thought regarding the concept of Buddha himself. One is that Buddha occupies all space and time and may even suspend the laws of nature; the other is that Buddha can exist only where his body is located and is himself bound by natural law. The former considers the Buddha an omnipresent and eternal being who guides humans to the truth, while the latter says that Buddha was only a mortal who posessed knowledge of how to achieve peace and hapiness. Some would say that the all-powerful Buddha allows for the presence of evil in that humans are not robotic and within the freedom to choose there lies the possibility to chose unwisely. For a great discussion on Buddhism see Peter Harvey, An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices

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