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 Dec 1 '13 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. – MatthewMartin Apr 9 '14 at 14:19

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 Dec 1 '13 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. – Mozibur Ullah Apr 1 '18 at 18:25

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