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Buddhist definitions of the physical (earth) world can, in the light of modern science, be seen as quite primitive. [see: TEACHINGS - NUMBER GROUPS] There are, however, two aspects in the scriptural presentation which are of particular interest: the traditional 'cosmic' view of the world, and the spiritual, psychological dimension. How much this material ought to be considered as true Buddhism - the 'Buddha word' - or, as a literal map of the universe or, as ancient views edited into scripture because people 'like anwers' is all subject to discussion. Various 'proofs' are presented with conviction by different traditions and often it just comes down to a question of belief. [see: SYMBOLS] What is important is that the particular cosmology we find in the scriptures can be used for contemplation as a way of breaking down our limited world view and of softening our attachment to our so-called reality.
Until there is enlightenment there is delusion and what is truly real (dhamma) is not clearly seen. We can use a variety of 'maps' to guide us to that reality but the accuracy of any map often only becomes clear after arrival. With internal (spiritual?) travel, our definition of where we have arrived can too often be influenced by the maps indication of where we should be arriving - that is, we translate our experience according to preconceptions. We identify a feature on the landscape and say: 'Oh, that must be . . . like here on the map', and any further investigation is either curtailed or prejudiced. The innate tendency of humans to define everything - as if the definition stabilises the experience thus making it known and safe - limits encounters with anything new to the undefined - and the undefined is unsafe and therefore difficult to approach. So, there needs be some faith in the maps on offer - but not unreflective or blind faith. Travel on spiritual warriors - with the weapons of discernment bright and sharp.

Regardless of whether the maps are accurate or it is all 'true', this item looks at the various ways we currently find the Buddhist scriptures presenting a view of our universe.

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