Student’s Question: What is the Buddhist view on the creation of the world?

Stories about the creation of the world have always been understood to be provisional in the sense that unenlightened beings are not able to understand the true nature of reality anyway – so all we need is a story that leads us to draw the right conclusions in terms of how we live our life. Continue reading Student’s Question: What is the Buddhist view on the creation of the world?

Student’s Question: What causes the appearances of the phenomenal world?

How does it come about that energy arranges itself into coherent wholes, such as human bodies and brains and all the rest of the phenomenal world? As there is no creator, by what cause does this happen?” There is some creative power at work – and the only creative power we know of is Awareness itself. It creates our whole world, all our experience. It can create worlds within worlds within worlds in an instant, out of nothing and existing nowhere. Continue reading Student’s Question: What causes the appearances of the phenomenal world?