What is the Buddhism creation story?

This is for a project. My friend and I are researching different creation theories and doing a "compare/contrast" thing. We are so stuck on this theory! We honestly cannot find it anywhere on the internet. This is also due on Monday so it's extremely important. Please help if you can!

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  • 9 years ago
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    The reason why you can not find the writing about the origin of the world in buddhism is that :

    Buddhism emphasizes practices over beliefs. It is true that right practices are important in Buddhism, and the faith really centers on correct understanding of human nature and ultimate reality. The Buddha, after all, was called the "Enlightened One." After he became enlightened, he taught that the way to eliminate suffering begins with understanding the true nature of the world.

    However, the Buddha considered knowledge important only insofar as it remains practical.

    He rejected speculation about such matters as God, the nature of the universe, and the afterlife, urging his followers to focus instead on the Four Noble Truths by which they can free themselves from suffering.

    In a famous story, a man called Malunkyaputta approached the Buddha and demanded that the Buddha explain the origin of the universe before he would become a disciple of the Buddha. Then the Buddha said that he would not go into a discussion of the origin of the Universe. To him, gaining knowledge about such matters was a waste of time because a man's immediate problem was his own suffering and his task was to liberate himself from the present state of affairs. To illustrate this, the Buddha related the parable of a man who was shot by a poisoned arrow. This foolish man refused to have the arrow removed until he was told who shot the arrow, what he looks like, the kind of wood the arrow was made of and so on. The Buddha said that before the man could learn such information, he would be dead. Similarly, our immediate task is to be enlightened, not to speculate about the metaphysical. Thus, the Buddha's teachings centre around mankind and emphasises the methods by which he can liberate himself.

    Inspite of that, in the Aganna Sutta, for the consideration of the need to explain to two brahmins, Bharadvaja and Vasettha (who left their family and caste to become monks and are insulted and maligned by their own caste for their intention to become member of Sangha), that caste and lineage can not be compared to the achievement of morality practice and the Dhamma, as anyone from the four castes can become a monk and reached the state of Arahant, we can find the Buddha explained about the beginning of the Earth, and the birth of social order and its structure, including the castes.

    The Buddha described the universe being destroyed and then re-evolving into its present form over a period of countless millions of years. The first life formed on the surface of the water and again, over countless millions of years evolved from simple into complex organisms. Eventually, the universe is again destroyed and another arises in its place. All these processes are without beginning or end, and are set in motion by natural causes. Our present universe merely occupies one slot in this beginning-less and endless sequence of time. This has to be understood well and emphasized in your project.

    See : http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/AggannaSutta.pdf

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  • cains
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    3 years ago

    Buddhist Creation Story

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  • 4 years ago

    Buddhism doesn't have a creation story, it's a philosophy that teaches you how to live a happy life. Knowing where the world came from has nothing to do with that.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    What is the Buddhism creation story?

    This is for a project. My friend and I are researching different creation theories and doing a "compare/contrast" thing. We are so stuck on this theory! We honestly cannot find it anywhere on the internet. This is also due on Monday so it's extremely important. Please help if you...

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Good luck with that.

    I have been taking weekly lessons from a Tibetan monk (since age 12 in the Dalai Lama's monastery) who has his Geshe degree (equiv of Master's/Ph.d in Buddhism).

    Whenever a beginner asks about creation, our teacher says that Buddhism doesn't concern itself with how the world started .. we are here now, and Buddhism only concerns itself with what we are doing now to reach enlightenment.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    There is no creation stories in the suttas.

    There is no creator god and when our Lord Buddha was asked about things like this he stated that such ponderings would only lead to confusion and further suffering.

    Try to google the 10 imponderables in buddhism.This should give you some good information.

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  • 9 years ago

    There is not one

    but many Buddhists have adopted creation stories of other religious and cultures, such as Hinduism's

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    for the information about creation of buddhism you can reffer the links like file:///D:/grand%20project/final%20macro%20info/amiras/buddhism/BBC%20-%20Religions%20-%20Buddhism%20%20History%20of%20Buddhism%20in%20Britain.htm

    http://www.patheos.com/Library/Buddhism/Origins/Be...

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I don't know if they have one.

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  • 9 years ago

    Its what ever you believe

    Source(s): Atheist/Buddhist
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