Last Days of Planet Earth

There is no classic account of beginning or end
in Buddhism; Masao Abe attributes this to the absence of God.
History is embedded in the continuing process of samsara or the “beginningless and endless cycles of birth-death-rebirth”. Buddhists believe that there is an end to things[citation needed] but it is not final because they are bound to be born again. However, the writers of Mahayana Buddhist scriptures establish a specific end-time account in Buddhist tradition: this describes the return of Maitreya Buddha, who would bring about an end to the world. This constitutes one of the two major branches of Buddhist eschatology, with the other being the Sermon of the Seven Suns. End time in Buddhism could also involve a cultural eschatology covering “final things”, which include the idea that Sakyamuni Buddha’s dharma will also come to an end.

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