Buddhist Cosmology Rev. This karmic energy determines his predilections, attitudes, and to a considerable extent, his conduct and character. Monumental Mandalas Be they squat domes of earth or gilded pagoda towers, stupas are one of the most striking features of Buddhist lands.
As Wes Nisker writes in his Evolution Sutra , we are just the new animal on the block. On the other hand, if the individual, at the instigation of his Buddha nature, through sustained and committed effort succeeds in purging his nature of many of its flaws and allows his consciousness to rise to a higher level of wisdom, compassion and insight, his next rebirth will undoubtedly be a more favorable one, with more opportunities for progress to the only goal that is important - enlightenment.
Rebirth in these realms is reserved for those beings who performed meritorious deeds and led virtuous lives.
Meru, one above another, were the realms of the various classes of gods whereas in recesses far beneath the earth were the hells and lower abodes. It eagerly embraces every technological application of quantum physics -- from semi-conductors, lasers and fibre optics to computers to the internet.
Originally, a kalpa was considered to be 4,320,000 years. Primarily it is a form representing formless dharmadhatu: The human realm, although technically lower than the heaven realm or the titan realm is more important, since only there can wisdom and virtue be increased. The blood smeared record of the last few thousands of years bear witness to the conditions which are typical of the last phase of the third period of the kalpa. Eventually earth appears and the spirits come to taste and enjoy it.
Symbolically, the stupa represents many things. All of the above, even the realms of form and formlessness, are in samsara , imperfect existence, and therefore governed by karma and its fruits vipaka.
Corresponding to these five transcendent Buddhas, there are five Bodhisattvas and five earthly Buddhas: But it is not inevitable that those endless forms will continue to evolve in a natural way.
Their palaces of light seem to be made of sublime jewels, such as rubies, turquoises and pearls, and other precious substances. Nirmanakaya -- The earthly Buddhas and Bodhisattvas , especially as personified by Siddhartha Gautama. It could be used to describe something as banal, for instance, as the arrival of mains water in a remote desert village.
Only one goal, since it is permanent and forever free from suffering, is really worth attaining. Meditation Courses Why Meditate? The realms, or states of reincarnation, of the Buddhist universe are depicted in a diagram known as the Bhavachakra , the Wheel of Life or Wheel of Becoming.
As the second period of the kalpa commences, we find that the residual energy of matter, representing total objectivity, and the Brahma world and its inhabitants, representing complete subjectivity, are isolated from each other at the opposite poles of phenomenal existence.