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.
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