How does Buddhism explain the world? Was it created or eternally existant? Do they have creation myths?

I'm asking this question, because what little & superficial knowledge I hve about Buddhism seems to be about the self, and not the world. At least as conventially understood.

  • I have a feeling Buddha was(is) solipsist.
    – Asphir Dom
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 23:13
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    Some traditions make a point of denying a creator god. The Mahayana cosmology posits multiple universes, each of which has existed forever. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 14:19

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This is one of the Fourteen Unanswered Questions.

There is a Buddhist Creation Myth told in the Aggañña Sutta, but it is clearly a satire and is not taken seriously.

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    What is satirical in it?
    – catpnosis
    Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 17:13

No. There is no “Creation Myth” nor “God” in Buddhism. See http://www.USABuddhism.com for info on Nichiren ShoShu True Buddhism. Buddhism is a Practice we use to attain the Life Condition of Buddhahood or Enlightenment.

  • Buddhism per se may not have a creation myth; however the aganna sutra in the Pali canon appears to detail one. I note that Michael Dorfmans answer refers to this, but whilst he says it clearly meant to be satirical, the wiki article does not refer to any satirical intent. Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 18:25

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