Buddha’s Universe Cosmologically Accurate

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Buddha's Universe Cosmologically Accurate?

Post by Kusala » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:53 am


"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Buddha's Universe Cosmologically Accurate?

Post by waterchan » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:42 pm

I like to think that Buddhist cosmology is among the ones that are the least incompatible with scientific knowledge. The Buddha preferred not to speak much about cosmology and Bhikkhu Bodhi himself has stated that there is a lot in the suttas and Abhidhamma that can't stand up to modern scientific knowledge.
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Buddha’s Universe Cosmologically Accurate

Post by clw_uk » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:33 am

The Buddha is known as a Religious Teacher. But a cosmologist? A Darwinist? That is how he comes through in a Buddhist text known as the Agga¤¤a discourse, one of the Long Discourses (Digha Nikaya). This is the view one gets from a recent research by Canadian Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, published in the latest issue of Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies (2013). He finds is a “historically and scientifically accurate characterization of the cyclical cosmic process of Devolution (saüvañña) and Evolution (vivañña).

In Western Science, our universe has its beginnings in the Big Bang. In contrast to this linear model, with connotations of a first cause theism, it is, for the Buddha, the Devolutionary phase, one phase of the cycle.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... w1DlPl_sbI

Does anyone else see a problem with trying to make certain Suttas fit in with current scientific models?
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