Buddhist Cosmology | Ajahn Brahmali

Buddhist Cosmology | Ajahn Brahmali

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From ideas of cosmic cycles of expansion and contraction to descriptions of the solar system, the model of the universe put forward in the suttas corresponds to a surprising degree with modern understanding. In his essay, Ajahn Brahmali investigates the implications of these unlikely parallels.

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