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BILLION WORLD UNIVERSE

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billion world universe : “One of the innumerable systems in Buddhist cosmology, containing a billion worlds or solar systems. Each world has its sun and moon, Mount Sumeru, eight concentric rings of mountains separated by eight concentric rings of oceans, and four inhabited continents. A world reaches up to the first dhyana heaven in the Realm of Form.”

Chan: 496 “One World is composed of one Mount Sumeru, one sun, one moon, four great continents; and the various seas and oceans which surround them. One thousand such worlds form a small-thousandworld system. One thousand small-thousand-world systems form a medium-thousand-world system. One thousand medium-thousand world systems in turn form a great-thousand-world system. This set of worlds is usually referred to as a three-thousand-great-thousand world- system to indicate that it is composed of smaller sets.”


Hua: 232-233


Note: In the Buddhist view, the cosmos is composed of innumerable universes. The expression commonly used in Buddhism is “billions upon billions.” Our world is one infinitesimal part of one of those countless universes. Therefore we should see our problems and difficulties

within the proper framework and perspective.


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