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December 14, 2016

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@mathesis

The thing is, most Western "Buddhists" go to the allegorical extreme, and that is only when they acknowledge such things; many if not most of these "Buddhists" aren't even aware that cosmic Buddhas and heaven and hell are present in Buddhism. And this allegorical extreme is also almost unique in Buddhism. I haven't seen anyone reducing all the gods and heavenly beings in Buddhism to mere psychological archetypes or states in any other religion nearly as much as Western "Buddhists" do.

The question is: how are we to interpret traditional Buddhist cosmology (both Mahâyâna and that of the Pali Canon) ? Should we avoid the extremes of a very literal interpretation on one hand and an purely metaphorical or allegorical interpretation on the other (i.e. the heavens and the devas are just psychological or spiritual states) ? And what are we to make of Mount Meru for instance ?

"By the way, how is mentioning the buddha's divinity and stuff about devas and ghosts and boddhisatvvas and 7 heavens related to real life?"

That is, what Asian Buddhists actually believe in. I notice Western Buddhist blogs being almost absolutely nothing like what real-life Buddhism is. But I will admit that surfing through Zennist's posts, you do catch glimpses of actual Buddhist beliefs (heaven, divine bodhisattvas, even prayer), even though he says he is an "atheist and an agnostic" and seems to deny that Buddha is a god even though Buddhism clearly believes this.

wow, a user called "Communist Femnist" scolds the zennist for being too secular?? Now that's original! No disrespect, i just find it very very funny.

By the way, how is mentioning the buddha's divinity and stuff about devas and ghosts and boddhisatvvas and 7 heavens related to real life?

zennist, communist-feminist

lolol!! that's a funny name!!

I wonder what it means??

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