Mount Meru/"Sumeru"

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Mount Meru/"Sumeru"

Postby Coëmgenu » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:00 am

Does Mount Meru and/or Mount Meru [provisional?] cosmology feature prominently in any areas of the Pali Canon and/or Theraváda Buddhism at large?
Bhagavā arahaṃ sammasāmbuddho:
Svākkhāto yena bhagavatā dhammo / Supaṭipanno yassa bhagavato sāvakasaṅgho
Tammayaṃ bhagavantaṃ sadhammaṃ sasaṅghaṃ / Imehi sakkārehi yathārahaṃ āropitehi abhipūjayāma.
(Dedication of Offerings)
此等諸法,法住、法空、法如、法爾,法不離如,法不異如,審諦真實、不顛倒。These many dharmāḥ, the residence of these dharmāḥ, the emptiness of these dharmāḥ, these dharmāḥ self-explain, these dharmāḥ are thus, these dharmāḥ do not depart from their self-explaining, these dharmāḥ are not different than their self-explaining, judged as truly real, not delusional. (SA 296, 因緣法)

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Re: Mount Meru/"Sumeru"

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:57 am

The mountain is present in the Tipiṭaka but infrequent. Of its seven Pali names, Neru is mentioned once in the Apadāna and four times in the Jātaka verses, Sineru five times in the Saṃyutta and five times in the Anguttara, Meru twice in the Jātaka, Tidiva once in the Cariyāpiṭaka, twice in the Jātaka and once in the Vimānavatthu; Sumeru, Ādhāra and Tidivādhāra are found only in the Commentaries.

The Pali commentarial elaboration goes into about the same amount of detail that you’ll find in, say, Vasubandhu and his commentators. The material has had considerable influence on the representation of Buddhist cosmology in SE Asian Buddhist art, but doesn’t seem to play a prominent part (if any) in the way the Dhamma is nowadays expounded in Theravada countries.

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Re: Mount Meru/"Sumeru"

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:20 am

There's a verse in the Jayamangala Gatha (a very post-canonical creation that's somewhat popular in some Thai Wats) that refers to Nandopananda, a nāga whose actions the Commentaries place at Sineru: ... 20#p171809


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Re: Mount Meru/"Sumeru"

Postby Dmytro » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:10 pm

Coëmgenu wrote:Does Mount Meru and/or Mount Meru [provisional?] cosmology feature prominently in any areas of the Pali Canon and/or Theraváda Buddhism at large?

Yes. See:

Unfortunately, it is now downplayed due to the onslaught of scientism.

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