By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Starting within the 19th century and carrying on with to the current day, either Buddhists and admirers of Buddhism have proclaimed the compatibility of Buddhism and technological know-how. Their assertions have ranged from modest claims concerning the efficacy of meditation for psychological overall healthiness to grander declarations that the Buddha himself expected the theories of relativity, quantum physics and the massive bang greater than millennia ago.
In Buddhism and Science, Donald S. Lopez Jr. is much less attracted to comparing the accuracy of such claims than in exploring how and why those likely disparate modes of realizing the interior and outer universe were so again and again associated. Lopez opens with an account of the increase and fall of Mount Meru, the good height that stands on the heart of the flat earth of Buddhist cosmography—and which was once interpreted anew as soon as it proved incompatible with smooth geography. From there, he analyzes the way Buddhist strategies of religious the Aristocracy have been enlisted to help the infamous technological know-how of race within the 19th century. Bringing the tale to the current, Lopez explores the Dalai Lama’s curiosity in clinical discoveries, in addition to the results of analysis on meditation for neuroscience. Lopez argues that via offering an old Asian culture as suitable with—and even anticipating—scientific discoveries, ecu lovers and Asian elites have sidestepped the debates at the relevance of faith within the sleek international that begun within the 19th century and nonetheless flare at the present time. As new discoveries proceed to reshape our realizing of brain and topic, Buddhism and Science could be critical studying for these desirous about faith, technology, and their frequently vexed relation. (20081113)
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Additional resources for Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Buddhism and Modernity)
The Eastern religious philosophies are concerned with timeless mystical knowledge which lies beyond reasoning and cannot be adequately expressed in words. The relation of this knowledge to modern physics is but one of its many aspects and, like all the others, it cannot be demonstrated conclusively but has to be experienced in a direct intuitive way. 41 Capra thus is making a declaration of faith, and inviting others to share in that faith for the joy and comfort it provides. He does not explain the nature of this joy or why his experience is joyful.
32 The discourse of Buddhism and Science remained relatively dormant during the 1940s and 1950s, with the exception of parallels drawn by some between psychoanalysis and Zen, inspired largely by the works of D. T. 33 It reemerged in the 1960s with the efflorescence of interest in Asian religions and Eastern wisdom. The signal publication during this period was the improbable best-seller, The Tao of Physics, first published in 1975. The work went on to become a classic of the New Age, selling more than 1 million copies.
They are translated in their entirety in this chapter. The other Tibetan is of course the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, who over the past two decades has become the most influential Buddhist voice in the discourse of Buddhism and Science. His views on a range of scientific discoveries, and their implications for Buddhist doctrine, are examined here. Victorian enthusiasts often claimed a compatibility of the Buddhist doctrine of karma with Darwin’s theory of evolution, arguing that Buddhism was thus somehow above the debates that have raged over evolution and creationism.
Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Buddhism and Modernity) by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.