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Religion Library: Theravada Buddhism

Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings

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In Theravada, nibbana is understood to be real and distinct from samsara. Although most Theravadins believe in and worship deities, deities are understood to be inferior to the Buddha, who is a perfected human being and not a god.