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im a Buddhist and i have been in a international school and i also have Buddhist friend there but Buddhist there dose not approve Buddha is a god he is a human he is a philosopher who lead the way to better life

Hi Kim,

You did not pose any question, and I assume you just want my opinion on what you wrote.  

First we must be very clear what we meant by being a "Buddhist".  A Buddhist is a person who follows the teachings of the Buddha.  Do you know the real teachings of the Buddha?  If negative, then the term "Buddhist" is just a useless label, which unfortunately has been ignorantly misinterpreted and used by so-called Asian Buddhists.

The term "Buddha" means any fully enlightened person.  The historical Buddha's name was Siddhartha Gautama (in Sanskrit)or Siddhattha Gotama(in Pali).  He was not a god nor an ordinary human being, but he was The Buddha.  

By the way we should also define the meaning of "god" before we can discuss the subject.  


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Justin Choo


All your questions will be answered, and you may not have to agree with the answers. Such is the beauty of Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition, and have been studying Buddhism for more than 50 years. As I am not a Buddhist scholar, I answer in simple language, and I prefer answering general questions rather than textual.


I was brought up in the 50's as a Buddhist. For the past 50 years I have read numerous books on Buddhism and listened to numerous talks on Buddhism by well-respected and learned monks and lay teachers. I have conducted Buddhist classes for parents of Sunday School children in a Theravada Buddhist Temple. My teacher was the late Chief Reverend, The Ven. K Sri Dhammananda of The Brickfields Buddhist Mahavihara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can view the relevant website in memory of my revered late teacher @ and my blog posting at

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Bachelor of Commerce And Administration, Victoria University Of Wellington, NZ.(1974)

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