1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
As I have come to understand through Buddhism, God, to me, means the Buddha mind, or the divinity within human beings. Buddhism says that all humans are born with the Buddha mind which is corrupted by society through the imposition of preferences, and notions of things that aren't good enough, or need to be fixed, or things that are preferred, and should be sought. In this interpretation, we take heavens to mean sky. "God saw that it was good" is interpreted as a statement of preference of one thing over another.
So, the Buddhist "translation" for these verses would be:
"When you are born, your mind learns for the first time what the ground is, and what the sky is. You learn up, and down, and what is firm, and soft, and bright and dark. We learn that these things are different, that they are separate, and that one is preferable to the other."
Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
This can be interpreted two ways: Either as the beginning of eating, or more metaphorically, the beginning of seeing the results of our own actions (seeds bear fruit, etc.) This also speaks to the cyclical nature of life on earth, though this interpretation breaks from the continuity of the story.
"One then learns of plant life, as food. It is at this time that we develop our emotional relationship with food from plants." OR "We learn that we have the power to change things in our environment, we can physically influence the world around us."
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
"One learns of the passage of time, and that this also is connected to change, effort, food, the sky, and other things one has already learned of."
Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” 21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. 25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
"One learns of other living beings, and how change, time, our physical influence, and food affect them also. One learns that some beings can do things, such as fly, that other beings cannot do. One learns that some beings are unique, and that all are different. This knowledge interacts with the preferences and desires one has already assimilated."
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
"One begins to have an understanding of who and what they are. One learns that only other humans can communicate with them, that other animals cannot speak, and that many animals are useful to human beings and can be controlled by them."
29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
This also has two possible interpretations.
"One understands the beauty of the earth, and his/her own fortune for living there. One learns of the way the mind interacts with this world."
Or: "One understands the universe in it's entirety. He/she completely understands his/her relationship with everything, he/she sees that the world is prefect, exactly as it is, and is free from the nagging preferences and desires which caused him/her suffering all his/her life. He/she is enlightened, and experiences nirvana."