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Shintoism & Buddhism: The Last Days
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I am curious as to how these faiths view what we, as Christians, call "the end times".

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Re: Shintoism & Buddhism: The Last Days
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Just to add to this topic...I'm not sure how Buddism or Shintoism would think of "these" days, but, who's to say these are the last days?

As far as I know, the precursor to the apocalypse is a one world government. This seems to scare old ladies when government takes too much control over daily lives. Regardless of that, this one world government is supposed to bring peace to the world for an extended period of time...we are no where near that, so no worries ;)

I also think that only the Monolithic religions have predictions of when the world will end and such. By dictionary definition as well.

From what I know about Buddism, the daily gathering of knowledge of one's self and the universe to relieve suffering is key; knowledge of when it's all going to end seems out of place.

Speaking of that, I've heard non-Christian Japanese speak of "heaven". Any thoughts of what a Buddist, or Shintoist, or even the Japanese culture in general would consider as heaven?



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According to Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, we are in the midst of Kali Yuga, or the Age of Confusion. This long era is the last of a succession of years, each one becoming more degenerate than the last. Some of the sources that I've read indicate that Kali Yuga ends with the snuffing of humanity but not necessarily the world. We've been in this age for a long time, perhaps before the birth of the Buddha.

Read up on some sources - http://pages.zoom.co.uk/thuban/html/kaliyuga.html

http://www.bharatvani.org/michel_danino/kaliyuga.html

Anybody know if there is an apocalyptic element in Shinto cosmology?



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