Chula wrote:Does anyone know where in the suttas the Buddha gives analogies on how long a kappa is? Also, on a related note, how long is a yojana?
Thanks in advance.
A kappa is a world-period (aeon).
"An aeon is long, bhikkhu, the Blessed One said. It is more than several hundred thousand years. Suppose, bhikkhu, there was a great stone mountain a yojana long, a yojana wide, and a yojana high, without holes or crevices, one solid mass of rock. At the end of every hundred years a man would stroke it once with a piece of Kasian (very soft) cloth. That great stone mountain might by this effort be worn away and eliminated but the aeon would still have not come to an end. So long is an aeon, bhikkhu
.” Samyutta Nikaya 15.5
8 krosa = 1 yojana (the distance one bullock can pull a cart in a day, i.e. approximately 14 kilometers)