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Buddha's Universe Cosmologically Accurate?

Postby Kusala » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:53 am


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Re: Buddha's Universe Cosmologically Accurate?

Postby 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

Postby 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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