Is Buddhism monotheistic?
Buddhism is monotheistic in the sense that all is god and god is all. Although there are many different Buddha figures, they all represent the same Buddha.
Yes, it's monotheistic in a pantheistic sense.
No, it is not monotheistic if, by that, is meant one transcendent supreme creator God.
There is no personal "god" in Buddhism. The concept of a supreme being does not exist. Buddhists feel they achieve nirvana, a cessation of the cycle of birth and death (reincarnation), essentially a state of no-mind by their own efforts.
The Buddha figures are not idols or gods.
Branches of Buddhism and Hinduism are non-monotheistic religions . Non-monotheistic religions are mostly older religions, for instance, Egyptian, the Romans and Greek Gods; Hinduism would be one of these. There were European religions that were pantheistic, the Norse Gods, the Gods of the ancient British Isles, etc. Buddhism is NOT a religion, it is agnostic about God (they neither affirm nor deny a God or gods.
Hinduism: Pantheistic and not traced to any particular founder. Believed to be the oldest religion in the entire world. Judaism: Monotheistic and is founded by Abraham & Moses. Judaism teaches that Israel had been Promised to the Jews By God. Buddhism: Polytheistic and founded by Gautama Buddha. The goal of Buddhism is to seek enlightenment. Christianity: Monotheistic and Founded by the Lord Jesus Christ. God Is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The goal of Christianity…
Neither. Buddhism does not depend on the existence of a God who created the universe. Instead Buddhism chooses to focus upon practical ways of life that can lead to a blissful state of being (enlightenment). However, at the same time, Buddha did not rule out the existence of a God or gods altogether.
Buddhism differs from Confucianism & Taoism in that it is an import into China & Asia in general. Confucianism & Taoism are from China. Taoism is all about man's relationship with nature; Confucianism is all about man's relationship with his fellow man. Buddhism is about seeking enlightenment. Taoism & Buddhism are both polytheistic; Confucianism is monotheistic(in a Deistic kind of way).
The primary difference is that Buddhism is polytheistic while Christianity is monotheistic. Buddhism teaches that by good acts, meditation, and developing enlightened wisdom, followers can achieve a rebirth in the heavens. This final goal of enlightenment is known as nirvana. Christians believe we receive salvation as a gift by God's grace and not of our works.