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Posted by on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 8:31pm.

Was there only one Buddha? This seems like a weird question. the first step is to decide what Buddha means and whether or not it is a name.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 8:40pm

    According to the dictionary, Buddha means enlightened one. This source says that there were buddhas before Guatama, but that he was the last Buddha.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 8:57pm

    This site has a different point of view -- claiming many buddhas.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:17pm

    Okay I am just getting more confused instead of understanding Buddhism.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:21pm

    There are many different beliefs in Buddhism, and nearly impossible for us Westerners to understand it without a great deal of study.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:30pm

    I guess what I am trying to figure out is what are the basic beleifs if Buddhism. nI have not been able to find this answer.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:37pm

    Check these sites for the basic beliefs of Buddhism. The first one is especially concise, yet covers the beliefs very well.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:43pm

    Thank You, I found the first sight to be very intresting, becuase they broke down the information so I could understand it easliy. I also like the second sight becuase this will give me a little more deatiled information.

  • religion - , Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:51pm

    You're very welcome.

  • religion - , Friday, March 20, 2009 at 6:19pm

    Speaking as a westerner who is studying Buddhism, as a mode of living not necessarily a religion, I also find myself wondering whether or not there was only one Buddha. This question occurred to my while reading "Alone with Others an Existential Approach to Buddhism" by Stephen Bachelor. Many times before but most recently while reading and rereading this book I have wondered why hasn't the Buddhist way of life dominated the world, why are there so many divergent and conflicting schools of Buddhist thought, why have I never met anyone who appeared to be even remotely enlightened? After 2500 years it doesn't seem like this should be the case. So I ask is it possible there has only been one Buddha? Did the linguistic and cultural constraints of his time make it impossible for him to adequately convey his experience, which I believe all Buddhist agree was something that could not be conceptualized, to others to the degree necessary so that they could duplicate it? I realize that last posting to this forum was over a year ago but I hope someone responds I would love to hear someone else’s thoughts on this.

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