The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
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In Buddhist terminology the Universe is referred to as a Tri-sahasra-mahasahasra-dhatu. This describes a Universe consisting of galaxies of (1000)3 x 1000 World-systems with an almost unimaginable event horizon. In every direction these World-systems stretch out, some circling distant uninhabited hot stellar nebula, others rich in Sentient beings. When we gaze upwards at the stars, we are gazing toward countless civilizations spanning across the shoreless ocean of the night sky. And yet what we see is only a fraction of the Universe as such.