Why there are so many Buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities in Buddhism?

#1

Master Sheng Yen addresses a long time query I had:

Buddhism is atheistic, Buddhahood is achieved by sentient beings, a Bidhisattva assists Buddhas in liberating beings, and deities protect the Three Jewels so the Dharma may be promoted in this world.

#2

How about 土地公?Or this part of the world likes to pray 大伯公… are they deities or bodhisattvas?

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#3

Here’s a clip that can help explain.

My takeaway is that, we should offer our utmost respect regardless if they are ghosts or deities. Shifu once said, “不管他们是谁,能帮到众生,我们都应该恭敬!”

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