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what do buddhists believe about the orgin
of people... what do buddhits say about
where people came from into this world?
There is a discourse where
the Buddha explained the "evolution"
or the "beginning" of life. However
this "beginning" was just the beginning
of endless cycles of existence stretching
for an unimaginable and incalculable long
periods of time; for lack of a better
word it is called an aeon for one such
cycle. Unless you are familiar with
Buddhist teachings, you are not going
to believe this. Be that as it may, the
story goes like this: Long long ago,
luminous beings having descended to
earth from a higher plane of existence,
found that on the surface of the
planet was a layer of very aromatic
substance. They decided to taste
it and subsequently was addicted to it.
After a long time they lost their luminosity
and supernatural powers, and their forms
evolved into what we are today. This
was the result of having tasted the
"forbidden elixir"....sounds familiar??
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