The Buddhist View of The World
This article aims to present the Buddhist explanations of the origin of the world and the nature of the universe.
Origin of the World
Is it the God who created the universe? Buddhism has no clue to the creator of the universe. What Buddhism believes is that the universe is the product of the cycle of creation and destruction. And the universe is in a process of natural evolution, being created and destroyed in countless cycles. Each time the universe is born, human civilization begins, gradually progresses and eventually gets replaced by the other new world. This is similar to the modern theory of big bang. After destruction, all living beings in the universe are reborn, form a complicated civilization until the next destruction.
The Buddha teaches us that we should concentrate on the extinguishing of suffering rather than exerting excessive effort on speculations concerning the process of beginning and ending. We should live a noble life of love, kindness and peace, compassion and joy, virtue and generosity and work on the practical and real issues of our life.
The Nature of Existence
Buddhism teaches us about nothingness and emptiness, which means that everything is impermanent, in a process of changing. The theory of causes and conditions also means that the universe is a never-ending process and knows no boundaries. The nature of existence is Buddhist Dharma, which refers to ultimate truth omnipresent and transcending everything else, but not a divine being who controls the universe.
Dharma states that there is no absolute thing and the world is ever-changing. As a result, the pursuit of materialism will make us suffer.
According to Buddhist karma, each human being’s destiny is related to his action. One’s behavior causes one’s suffering as well as happiness. The state of a person’s life is based on his own deeds.