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What is Deity Yoga? Dr. Tom Yarnall & Robert A.F. Thurman : Buddhism Explained
Buddhism includes a wide array of divine beings that are venerated in various ritual and popular contexts. Initially they included mainly Indian deities such as devas and yakshas, but later came to include other Asian spirits and local gods. In Vajrayana, the major bodhisattvas are known as 'The eight Bodhisattvas'.
Deities of Buddhism
The Buddha's teachings and Theravada Buddhism are essentially atheistic, although neither deny the existence of beings that might be called "gods. In Mahayana Buddhism, however, the universe is populated with celestial buddhas and bodhisattvas who are worshipped as gods and goddesses. The historical Buddha is honored in this way, but most other Buddhist deities are adapted from the cultures Buddhism has encountered, from the Hindu pantheon in its home culture of India to the indigenous religions of Tibet, China and Thailand. These and other fascinating figures are explored in this section. The list below links to articles that provide information on the history, meaning, significance and iconography of each deity. Toggle navigation. Bodhisattvas In Mahayana Buddhism, bodhisattvas are those who are on the path to Enlightenment, but have not yet attained it and become buddhas.
Other gods and goddesses of note originating in India are Shiva, Durga, Kali, and all of the other female figures such as Lakshmi, Sarasvati and Parvati. What are they exactly? Who are they and where do they come from? This is a big question in Tibetan Buddhism and subsequently it is important to understand. Deities make up a large percentage of the iconography in painting, sculpture and more importantly meditation practice.
Buddhism includes a wide array of divine beings that are venerated in various ritual and popular contexts. Initially they included mainly Indian deities such as devas and yakshas , but later came to include other Asian spirits and local gods. They range from enlightened Buddhas to regional spirits adopted by Buddhists or practiced on the margins of the religion. Buddhists later also came to incorporate aspects from countries such as China and Japan into their pantheons. Saraswati is a Hindu Deva from Gandhara and the kami  are considered to be local, Japanese bodhisattvas by many Japanese Buddhists.
The Buddha's teachings and Theravada Buddhism are essentially atheistic, although neither deny the existence of gods. In Mahayana.
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It is often asked if there are gods in Buddhism. The short answer is no, but also yes, depending on what you mean by "gods. It also is often asked if it is all right for a Buddhist to believe in God, meaning the creator God as celebrated in Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other philosophies of monotheism. Again, this depends on what you mean by "God. Buddhism is sometimes called an "atheistic" religion, although some of us prefer "non-theistic"--meaning that believing in a God or gods really isn't the point. And there are Buddhists who believe devotion to Amitabha Buddha will bring them to rebirth in the Pure Land.