Abbot’s Commentary: No One is In Charge

Abbot’s Commentary: No One is In Charge

There is no one anywhere who has control over the world. Many people feel that one or more gods are in charge, but none of them are. Many others feel that humans are, or should be, in charge, but we aren’t either, and never will be. This world is created by natural...
The Passing of Sāriputta

The Passing of Sāriputta

I like to close the topic of gods and miracles in Buddhism with the story of Sāriputta’s final days.[1] Sāriputta was the Buddha’s top disciple.  He passed into final nirvana a few months before the Buddha.  One day, during the final year of the Buddha’s time on...
The Gods are Merely Our Friends

The Gods are Merely Our Friends

The early Buddhist relationship with the gods is very much unlike that in any religious tradition.  Typically, a religion is built around the worship of one or more gods, and they almost always take the central and highest place in that religion.  In early...