Buddhist Cosmology: Philosophy and Origins

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This extensively researched and illustrated volume offers Western readers a rare introduction to Buddhism's complex and fascinating views about the structure of the universe. The book begins by clearly explaining classical cosmology, with its symmetrical, India-centered universe and multitudinous heavens and hells, and illuminates the cosmos's relation to the human concerns of karma, transmigration, and enlightenment. It moves on to discuss the Mahayana conception of the universe as a lotus flower containing ...
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Overview

This extensively researched and illustrated volume offers Western readers a rare introduction to Buddhism's complex and fascinating views about the structure of the universe. The book begins by clearly explaining classical cosmology, with its symmetrical, India-centered universe and multitudinous heavens and hells, and illuminates the cosmos's relation to the human concerns of karma, transmigration, and enlightenment. It moves on to discuss the Mahayana conception of the universe as a lotus flower containing uncountable realms, each with its own buddha. Then, examining changes in the notions of hell and the gods, the author traces Buddhism's gradual shift from a religion to a mythology. Throughout, treatment of Buddhism's historical, geographical, and doctrinal origins complements detailed cosmological descriptions. Finally, the author shows us how this ancient philosophy resembles the modern scientific view of the cosmos, and how even today it can help us lead more fulfilling lives.
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Rupert Gethin
...Sadakata does provide us with more than simply a detailed description of the Sarvaastivaada-Vaibhaa.sikacosmology; he does on occasion point out some precedents and parallels in earlier Buddhist literature and also non-Buddhist literature....There is something of a dearth of published material on Buddhist cosmology and Sadakata's is certainly a most useful and handy addition that sets out very clearly a wealth of information...
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Rupert Gethin
...Sadakata does provide us with more than simply a detailed description of the Sarvaastivaada-Vaibhaa.sikacosmology; he does on occasion point out some precedents and parallels in earlier Buddhist literature and also non-Buddhist literature....There is something of a dearth of published material on Buddhist cosmology and Sadakata's is certainly a most useful and handy addition that sets out very clearly a wealth of information... -- Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784333016822
  • Publisher: Kosei Publishing Co
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures 9
Foreword 11
Preface 13
Editorial Note 15
1 The Structure of Matter and the Universe 19
2 Hells, Heavens, and Other Realms 41
3 Transmigration, Karma, and Enlightenment 69
4 The Cosmos and Time 93
5 The Western Pure Land 113
6 Buddhist Deities 125
7 The Buddha and the Cosmos 143
8 Changes in the Conception of Hell 159
9 The Buddhist View of the Universe Today 173
App Linear Measurement 185
Notes 189
Index 211
Acknowledgments 224
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