Why Buddhism is atheist?

BBC reported that Buddhism is Atheist (click this link), but what do you think?

Atheist Buddhism

Statue of Great Buddha, Kamakura, JapanBuddhism is a religion without God

No one saves us but ourselves,
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path,
But Buddhas clearly show the way.The Dhammapada, 165.

The Buddha did not claim to be in any way divine, nor does Buddhism involve the idea of a personal god.

The Buddha suggested that it was fear that produced the religious impulse in humanity.

Gripped by fear men go to the sacred mountains, sacred groves, sacred trees and shrines, but these are not a secure kind of refuge.The Dhammapada, 188

The way to cure this fear is not by believing in a God who will protect you, but by coming to a proper understanding and acceptance of the way things are.

Local gods

In many cultures Buddhism co-exists with local gods.

Sometimes the local gods are seen as having adopted Buddhism, while in other places the local gods are regarded as manifestations of various buddhas. Often a particular local deity will be given responsibility for a particular temple or place of devotion.

These “gods” are very different from the eternal God(s) of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They are not eternal and unchanging, but are go through the process of death and rebirth, just as human beings do.

Not an important question

Most Buddhists, especially western Buddhists, don’t spend much time worrying about whether gods exist or not – it’s just not an important question.

Buddhism is essentially about living one’s life so as to gain enlightenment; there may or may not be some gods or spirits around, but they’re not of any real importance.

The soul

Nor do Buddhists technically believe in a permanent individual soul that keeps being reborn into new bodies in the process of reincarnation.

For Buddhists nothing is permanent. A person changes continuously, there is no element of a person that is permanent…

…And just as there is a causal connection between the events that make up a person’s life, so there is a causal connection between each of their lives.