Cosmology, Astronomy and Astrology

Vesna Wallace

in Buddhism

ISBN: 9780195393521
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:
Cosmology, Astronomy and Astrology

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Buddhist cosmology forms an integral part of a Buddhist worldview, without which it would be impossible to understand Buddhist teachings on karma, reincarnation, and soteriological theories. It is also closely related to Buddhist metaphysics, phenomenological theories, meditative practices, and, in some cases, even to Buddhist social theories. Other areas of inquiry intimately related to cosmology are Buddhist astro-sciences (namely, astronomy-cum-astrology), which have been integrated in diverse aspects of Buddhist religious and secular life, including religious rituals and meditation practices, medical therapeutics, preparations of medicine, weddings, trade, military campaigns, and so on. Although the fundamental Buddhist cosmological views in various cultures have remained the same, certain variations have emerged, especially in the areas of astronomy and astrology, due to the influence of either indigenous or foreign non-Buddhist systems of thought. Scholarship on Buddhist cosmology and the disciplines of astronomy and astrology varies, including the analysis of Buddhist canonical texts that describe the shape and size of the cosmos, astrological almanacs, astronomical charts, and architecture.

Article.  4406 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism ; Tibetan Buddhism ; Zen Buddhism

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