Monday, March 20, 2006

Buddhism and Science:

I found this quote absolutely fascinating, refreshing, and enlightened considering todays religious climate of intolerance and ignorance.
"My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were to conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the finding of science and abandon those claims." -- The Dalai Lama -- The Universe in a Single Atom : The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
The book is marvelous. A little light on the science but an amazing view into the synergies between Buddhism and the pursuit of knowing the nature of the universe, but then again I'm learning every day that they seem to be one in the same. I've been interested in Buddhism for many years but recently this interest has peaked. I find myself draw to its simplicity yet daunted by its implications. I keep thinking of the old joke where the guy walks into the doctor and says, "It hurts when I do this.", as he raises his arm. To which the doctor replies, "Don't do that!". Could it really be that easy?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire is a good servant but a bad master...

10:15 PM  

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