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There are many creation myths as all cultures found the need to explain their origins. Buddhism differs from most explanations in that it does not posit an ultimate beginning. Rather, things are cyclical. The universe arises and passes away. On arising, it passes through stages. The most recent stage was commented on by Shakyamuni Buddha. This came to form the Agganna Sutra (PDF, UrbanDharma) or "Discourse on Origins."
The Buddha, as he was wont to do, used this as an opportunity to teach the Dharma. He focused on the importance of virtue and skillfulness in actions (karma). This discourse is sometimes referred to as a "Buddhist Genesis." It should be understood in the context of Buddhist cosmology and timespan rather than mistaking it for a document on the beginning of all things or as a creation of any single being (i.e., intelligent design).
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