Where Buddhism and Science Meet: Teachings, Commentary, and News
Now more than ever, Buddhists are using scientific tools and scientists are using Buddhist wisdom to uncover truths about the universe. Here, we present a collection of articles on the fruits of those collaborations. Featuring the Dalai Lama, Daniel Goleman, Karen Kissel Wegela, Vincent Horn, Judy Roitman, Jack Kornfield, Judy Lief, Sam Littlefair, and more.
Buddhist practice and scientific inquiry are both based on finding unconditioned truth through empirical observation. The Buddha himself said, “Don’t just believe in something because it has been repeated by many people… even if it is found in holy scripture.”
The dharma teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche considers Buddhism not a “religion,” but a “science of mind.” The Dalai Lama said that if science ever disproves Buddhism, Buddhism must change. And Thich Nhat Hanh has said that science has helped him better understand Buddhism. So Buddhism and science make natural bedfellows.
STUDYING MIND FROM THE INSIDE
LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS AND BUDDHISTS AGREE: “CONSCIOUSNESS IS EVERYWHERE
New theories in neuroscience suggest consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity. That development, reports Sam Littlefair, opens a world of opportunity for collaboration between Buddhists and neuroscientists.
THOUGHTS ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS WHILE CUTTING IN THE BRAIN
Neurosurgeon Werner Doyle changes people’s experience of life for the better by removing parts of their brains. Yet he knows that mind is not matter, cells are not consciousness. Novelist Joseph McElroy watches Doyle at work in the operating room, and together they ponder the mystery of brain and mind.
TWO SCIENCES OF MIND
THE LAMA IN THE LAB: NEUROSCIENCE AND MEDITATION Daniel Goleman reports on the Dalai Lama and the dialog between science and Buddhism, especially on how neuroscientists are measuring the effects of meditation.
NEUROTRIBES: THE NEW DIVERSITY
NEUROSCIENCE AND BUDDHISM CONVERGING ON THE INCONSTANT SELF
Science and religion have been mostly viewed as separate since the Enlightenment, but an increasing number of scientific researchers are referencing and drawing on Buddhism in their studies, especially in the field of neuroscience.
YOU’RE BASICALLY GOOD: THE BENEFITS OF CONTEMPLATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
Karen Kissel Wegela on therapy that starts with your basic sanity, not your neuroses.
PSYCHOLOGISTS SAY BUDDHIST CONCEPTS ACTIVATE COMPASSION, TOLERANCE
IS WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY REDEFINING BUDDHISM?
XIAN’ER THE ROBOT WANTS TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT BUDDHISM
HOW OCULUS RIFT WILL CHANGE BUDDHISM
It won’t be long before you can slip on a headset and enter a new dharma realm. But, says Vincent Horn, we should watch our step.
BUDDHIST SINGING BOWLS: LIGHTING THE WAY FOR BETTER SOLAR PANELS?
MOLECULAR DANCE MEDITATION REVEALS: YOU’RE JUST ATOMS AND ENERGY
Physics and Buddhism both posit that it’s hard, if not impossible, to pinpoint “you.” Harrison Blum, the Buddhist spiritual advisor at Northeastern University, has created a new guided meditation that allows practitioners to experience that truth.
ZEN MATH WILL NEVER ADD UP
THE BEGINNER’S MIND OF SCIENTIST SIR ROGER PENROSE
WHAT DOES NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON HAVE TO SAY ABOUT “BUDDHISTIC” ASTROPHYSICS?