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Questions tagged [buddhist-cosmology]

Buddhist cosmology is the description of the 31 planes of existence in samsara according to the Sutta Pitaka of the Theravada Pali Canon and commentaries.

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Buddhist Cosmology

Although I find this topic interesting, I wonder if study of it, e.g., the various worlds and universes and the beings that inhabit them, what they did to get there, where they go once they leave ...
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Lord Yama's identity

I've been reading up on cosmology and am curious if Lord Suyama of Yama heaven and Lord Yama as judge of the recently deceased are the same figure. The latter is often said to reside in either the ...
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28 Yaksha Generals

I've noticed reference to the 28 Yaksha Generals in several texts. To my current knowledge, the Mahāmāyūrīvidyārājñī Sūtra and the 卍新纂續藏經 Vol. 02, No. 183 (二十八夜叉大軍王名號) are the only text that ...
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Why are all the Buddhas born in Indian subcontinent only?

From this list of previous Buddhas it looks like all were Indians.( I mean from their names). Ancient Greece or Egypt were also developed enough to have understood the Dhamma. We can consider ...
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Cosmic expansion and cosmic contraction

DN2 talks of many aeons of cosmic expansion and cosmic contraction. What does this mean in Buddhist cosmology? Is this similar to Big Bounce in physics?
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Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically impossible?

Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically, rather than only psychologically, plasusible? I read about the former in the abhidharmakosabhasyam, about all the hells and heavens ...
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Can you point me some Sutras on Buddhist Cosmology?

Can someone point me some good sutras for Buddhist Cosmology. I'm interested in the Theravada school's teaching on this.
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

Although it could well be that those words were not directly from Gautama himself, yet just in case, assuming Gautama probably wouldn't lie except for educational purposes, how can those rather ...
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What's the role of the detailed descriptions of the other planes of existence? Why it was important for the Buddha to tell them? [closed]

There are many repetitions of categorization of the different worlds in the Pali Canon that make me a bit confused. I'm not trying to rationalize them as metaphorical or as a "later addition to the ...
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What makes Brahmas come back to human world at death?

If a human dies after obtaining a Jhana(and preserved it) he definitly gets his rebirth at a Brahma world. So, what makes a Brahma come back to human world upon death? Is it possible that he was ...
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How many dimensions are there according to Buddhism?

Humans or most of the organisms in this world can perceive three dimensions. Does buddhism explain about dimensions? If so how many are there?
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Is too much of good kamma an obstacle for enlightenment?

The more good kamma one has, the more likely one is to be reborn as a deva, and not a human, right? This article says the following about devas: So in spite of their excellent concentration and ...
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How to reconcile Buddhist Cosmology with modern worldview, especially astronomy? [closed]

Buddhist scripture describes other worlds (i.e. "The Thirty-one Planes of Existence"), with various kinds of beings who may interact with our human world in varying degrees. Do Buddhists accept the ...
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Can Buddhism be “modernized” by discarding the supernatural mythological content? [closed]

In this answer, I was told, Many Mahayana schools of Buddhism, including at least some Zen sects and some Tibetan Vajrayana lineages, understand the supernatural as skillful means (upaya), i.e. ...
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How are the 31 planes of existence (especially Bṛhatphala planes) a practical metaphor?

This comment suggests that the various lokas and beings inhabiting them can be taken metaphorically, i.e. it said, Many of these can be answered with references back to metaphorical interpretations,...
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How to work for liberating ALL living beings?

I am given to understand that a true Buddhist seeks tirelessly to liberate from the suffering (dukkha) of existence all living beings, and not only humans. Attainment of Buddhahood depends on such ...
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Can the elements of Buddhist Cosmology be confirmed?

How are the elements of Buddhist Cosmology (31 planes of existence, hungry ghosts/shades, angry deities, etc.) confirmed? Are there writings of recent gurus in the past 50 years or so, confirming, ...
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On 31 planes of existence

According to buddhism, there exists 31 "planes of existence". Theravada Buddhist cosmology describes the 31 planes of existence in which rebirth takes place. The order of the planes are found in ...
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Vipassana on arupa worlds

S. N. Goenka in Why Vedana and What is Vedana? says: It is clear that vedana as a part of the nama that is firmly rooted in kaya is what the Buddha wanted us to focus on when he talked about ...