Creator in Buddhism
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After the planes below the Ābhāsvara plane come to an end, a deity from the Ābhāsvara plane dies, and is reborn in the next lower level as a Mahabrahma. More Ābhāsvara deities die and are reborn as Mahabrahma's ministers. The retinue erroneously believes Mahabrahma created them. When one of these ministers die, he is reborn as a human, remembers his previous life and mistakenly teaches a creator deity.
The 7th-century Buddhist scholar Dharmakīrti advances a number of arguments against the existence of a creator god in his Pramāṇavārtika, following in the footsteps of Vasubandhu. Later Mahayana scholars such as Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla continued this tradition.
The 11th-century Buddhist philosopher Ratnakīrti challenged the arguments for the existence of God, developed by the Navya-Nyaya school of Hinduism, in his “Refutation of Arguments Establishing Īśvara” (Īśvara-sādhana-dūṣaṇa).
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