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Rediscovering the BuddhaLegends of the Buddha and Their Interpretation$
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Hans H Penner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385823.001.1

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The Cosmological Structure

The Cosmological Structure

(p.143) 18 The Cosmological Structure
Rediscovering the Buddha

Hans H. Penner

Oxford University Press

There are three basic differences between Buddhist and monotheistic cosmologies: (1) No beginning, no end; (2) God and thus theology are irrelevant; and (3) the doctrine of karma. This chapter describes the cosmology. It then demonstrates the explicit fit, the framework, syntax, or constraint of the cosmology as the fundamental structure of the narratives of the legends, including a map of India to illustrate the argument that geography is cosmography.

Keywords:   cosmology, karma, oppositional syntax, Universal Monarchs, constraint

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