Is the Universe Evolving?


Some people claim that the universe is evolving and that we need to align ourselves to evolve with it.

I have been asked if this is true from the Buddhist point of view. In order to answer this, we need to understand that the Buddhist view of the universe is different from that of modern/westernized society.

What is called a universe in the west is called a “World System” in Buddhism. In Buddhism, the actual universe contains an infinite number of “World Systems”. Each of these world systems undergoes an arising, a duration, a disintegration, and a period of dormancy.

These world systems are made up of the Completing Karma and Group Karma of a group of sentient beings that have a common group karma. Within that world system, there are continually beings that are evolving, beings that are devolving, and beings that are staying the same.

World systems are actually created by beings who still have an exaggerated sense of separation between self and other and so are not evolved forms in themselves. It is actually possible to evolve to levels beyond a single world system in the Buddhist Cosmos. The teachings say that, in the higher Pure Form Heavens, beings perceive tens of thousands of world systems. This means that a single being can evolve out of a world system. One reaches the highest Pure Form Heavens by perfecting Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Altruistic Joy, and Equanimity.

The Buddhist Universe contains all of reality and so there is nothing outside of the Buddhist Universe. This also means that the Buddhist Universe is beginningless and endless; it was not created and cannot be destroyed. The Buddha taught that by aligning our view of reality with how the universe actually works (changeable, without permanent satisfaction, interdependent, and relative), we can eliminate compulsively being born in suffering existences.

A very good description of the Buddhist Cosmos can be found in Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_cosmology

I hope that this helps….

Larry

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About larryreside

Technical Administrator for the Westport Lions Club Website and Instructor @ the Peaceful Garden Meditation Group - A Group that studies and practices Buddhist Psychology and Meditation in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
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One Response to Is the Universe Evolving?

  1. julia says:

    thank you for this, larry.
    peace, julia

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