Buddhist eschatology

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How many eschatological ideas are there in Buddhism?
3. Impermanence, Maitreya and The sermon of the seven suns
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What did the Buddha say about impermanence ?
"All conditioned things are impermanent - when one sees this with wisdom, one turn away from suffering"
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How does the idea of impermanence relate to eschatology?
The world changes and things end all the time. Once powerful civilizations can die off (Romans), beings that have been around for millions of years go extinct etc.
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How does the idea of Maitreya link to eschatology?
The Buddha taught that 5000 years after his original teaching would be forgotten and the world would be in turmoil with lust, poverty and greed taking over. People would forget the Dharma. Maitreya would then appear and teach pure Dharma.
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What is Dharma?
Idea about the interconnection of everything, it keeps everything together and in order.
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What is the Sermon of the Seven Suns?
The earth will suffer from severe drought, all vegetation and lifeforms will disappear from the planet. The 7th sun will cause the earth to become a ball of flame and expand, until it explodes and disappears altogether.
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