New answers tagged

2

I have never read the sutta. Bhikkhu Sujato wrote: The Dīgha contains truly mythic texts in DN 26 Cakkavattisīhanāda and DN 27 Aggañña. These set forth a myth of origins, replacing conventional creation mythology with an evolutionary account of how the world came to be the way it is. In these stories, human choices play a critical role in how the ...


1

In general, one way to try to understand a difficult sutta is to read what Piya Tan says about it -- http://www.themindingcentre.org/dharmafarer/ His translations include footnotes, references to commentary and other authors. One of the comments from the introduction to this sutta, DN 16: Steven Collins’ critical remark on the Sutta is helpful here: ...


1

Life expectancy in the human realm (collectively all humanoid planets in the universe) vary based on the ethics of the era. Ethics generally progress or deteriorate. This determines life expectancy. The humans who lived 80,000 did not necessarily live on planet earth. See my answer to: How can we correlate Buddhist cosmology with astronomical cosmology? for ...


Top 50 recent answers are included