Buddhist cosmology explained

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Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:39 pm

Here's a new video with ajahn punnadhammo and ajahn sona discussing Buddhist cosmology. There are also some great visual aids in the video.

The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

- Ajahn Jayasaro

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by Idappaccayata » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:31 pm

cappuccino wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:16 pm
Nice! I actually just started watching this too.
The furniture may be exquisite,
And the bars of solid gold,
But once the bird realizes that the cage is a cage,
It finds within that cage
No joy

- Ajahn Jayasaro

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by justindesilva » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:52 pm

Nagas and yakkas are believed to be clans of people who lived in Sri lanka probably with south Indian relationships in pre vijaya era. Yakkas and nagas are mentioned in mahavsmsa ( sri lankan history) and mahabaratha and some other historical indian literature. These yakkas and Nagas are represented by current traditional dancing of Sri lanka and India. These dances are linked by verses relating budda's arhat qualities and is used to cure patients of various sicknesses ( now not popular as of western medicine) .
A popular picture in sri lankan buddhist temples shows a cobra giving shelter to lord budda during a rain. And this cobra is believed to be a humsn king of a cobra clan.

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by cappuccino » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:55 pm

justindesilva wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Nagas and yakkas are believed to be clans of people who lived in Sri Lanka
No

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by justindesilva » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:24 pm

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:55 pm
justindesilva wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Nagas and yakkas are believed to be clans of people who lived in Sri Lanka
No
When Vijaya landed in Sri lanka he met a royal from the then yakka clan and married her. They tigether were the people who started the sinhala nation. The mahavamsa , book of sri lanka, notes this history, available in black and white. In the same manner the naga tribes are also referred to books of history and may refer to naga clans of sri lanka ( wikipedia) on the internet. Naga vihara in north of sri lanka in Jaffna is believed to have haf links with naga tribes. Any body denying these facts have to disprove mahavamsa ( sri lankan history).

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by cappuccino » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:31 pm

Well, Tolkien's races are partial parts of humanity.

Therefore, I guess it may be the same in Buddhism.

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Re: Buddhist cosmology explained

Post by justindesilva » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:56 pm

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:31 pm
Well, Tolkien's races are partial parts of humanity.

Therefore, I guess it may be the same in Buddhism.
I am not much aquanted with tolkien' s races unless it is not realistic. I would like to know if we are talking of reality or legend.
However the mahavamsa ( history of sri lanka) are written with real facts starting from King vijaya, about 2600 years. The veddas of sri lanka also have an sncestral link to yskkas as they generate from Kuveni, who really lived hisorically.
I am following this not for argument but to find out whether Tolkien's races have any link with yakkas and naga clans who had really existed in sri lanka.


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