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Re: Cosmology

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:30 pm

aemillus: Using samadhi-vision to see atoms in the human body is not cosmology, but occult biology.

Could you give a sutta or two where samadhi-vision is mentioned as seeing the mandala cosmology, with Mt Meru in the center etc.?
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Cosmology

Postby Aemilius » Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:11 pm

What comes to mind directly is a Sutta where Ananda asks Tathagata whether he has been in the Brahma world with his mindmade body? -Tathagata answers in the affirmative. Then Ananda asks if he has been in the Brahma world with his physical body? In answer Tathagata explains the procedure of suffusing the body with one's mind and suffusing the mind with one's body, like heating an iron ball for a whole day. Then the body becomes so light that it just floats in the air and it easily rises upwards even to the Brahma world.
Having done that means that he has had a direct vision of the world, he has seen what it is like, has seen what is its structure.

This Sutta is in the Wings to Awakening, an anthology of suttas by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (Samyutta Nikaya LI.22.)

World is seen differently in today's collective consciousness. It does not invalidate the earlier vision of the world, which corresponded with the general of consciousness of humanity at that particular time and epoch.
It is a concrete truth that the world is empty of inherent existence.
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Re: Cosmology

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Re: Cosmology

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:25 pm

A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Cosmology

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Re: Cosmology

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A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Cosmology

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Re: Cosmology

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A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Cosmology

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