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Manual of Buddhist Cosmology
By: William Montgomery McGovern

Manual of Buddhist Cosmology

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Author: William Montgomery McGovern
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788130717289
Publication Date: 2014

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The Buddhist cosmology which is presented in commentaries and works of Abidharma in both Theravada and Mahayana traditions, is the end-product of an analysis and reconciliation of cosmological comments found in the Buddhist sutra and vinaya traditions. No single sutra sets out the entire structure of the universe. However, in several sutras the Buddha describes other worlds and states of being, and other sutras describe the origin and destruction of the universe. The synthesis of these data into a single comprehensive system must have taken place early in the history of Buddhism.

The picture of the world presented in Buddhist cosmological descriptions cannot be taken as a literal description of the shape of the universe. It is inconsistent, and cannot be made consistent, with astronomical data that were already known in ancient India. However, it is not intended to be a description of how ordinary humans perceive their world; rather it is the universe as seen through the "divine eye" by which a Buddha or an arhat who has cultivated this faculty can perceive all of the other worlds and the beings arising (being born) and passing away (dying) within them, and can tell from ;what state they have been reborn and into what state they will be reborn.

Manual of Buddhist Cosmology, William Montgomery McGovern, Cosmo Publication, Hardcover, 234 pages, 2014, $30.00

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