Re: Science...

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Posted by Shane on February 08, 19100 at 12:54:46:

In Reply to: Science... posted by Maya on February 05, 19100 at 08:04:58:

Dear Maya,

Whilst I'm also fairly new to buddhism, I have been a keen observer of science for many many years. Buddhism and science do occasionally contradict each other, and when they do I believe that we have to make a choice. Either rethink our scientific theories (therefore accepting the buddhist viewpoint), or disregard the buddhist view as being outmoded (and therefore accept science in this case.

Dont feel that you are doing the wrong thing if you must disregard components of buddhist thought because they dont align with science. His Holiness the Dalai Lama once made the statement (about buddhist cosmology, though I feel that it applies across the board) that where science has proved buddhist cosmology incorrect thenm we should accept science's explanation. On the other hand, when HHDL was confronted with a western scholarly view about the origins og the mahayana scriptures (that clashed with the traditional one) he chose to stay with his concept of the traditional view. So I guess what I am trying to say is look at each piece of evidence and traditional thought, and then decide which one fits best within your unique outlook upon the world.

Hope it helps,

P.S. Oh! Don't forget that the absoulute reality is that nothing is truly as it seems. The difference between what is true ans what is false is a fine line that can only be decided upon by the individual. eg, The Yeti was a protected creature at one stage in the worlds history though we now know (through science) that it is unlikely that such a creature exsisted. However, many people believed in its exsistance and therefore, to them, it exsisted! Who's correct?

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