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Buddhism & Science

With its focus on the nature of mind and its implications for the concept of reality, Buddhism offers explanations for metaphysical issues within psychology and studies of consciousness. Some popular conceptions of Buddhism connect it to discourse regarding evolution, quantum theory, and cosmology, though most scientists see a separation between the religious and metaphysical statements of Buddhism and the methodology of science. Nevertheless, commonalities have been cited between scientific investigation and Buddhist thought. The Dalai Lama in a speech at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience listed a "suspicion of absolutes" and a reliance on causality and empiricism as common philosophical principles shared between Buddhism and science. As both Buddhism and science are open to criticism from within, there is some disagreement over whether one is being badly influenced by the other. (Wikipedia)

Buddhism and Science: Probing the Boundaries of Faith and Reason
Dr. Martin J. Verhoeven

What Buddhism Offers Science
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Toward a Buddhist Philosophy of Science
Jim Kukula

Buddhism, The only real science
Ajahn Brahmavamso

Future Directions in Study of Buddhism and Science
Bhikkhu P.A. Payutto

Buddhism Meets Western Science: A dialogue on the mind and consciousness
Gay Watson

Buddhism and the Brain
Derek Ellerman

A Dhammic Pedagogy: True Religion and True Science
Jonathan Watts

Dharma, Dogma and DNA
Jose Reissig

Buddhism and Science: Breaking New Ground
B. Alan Wallace (editor) (Columbia University Press - 2003)

Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism And Neuroscience Converge
B. Alan. Wallace (Columbia University Press - 2006)

The Universe in a Single Atom
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama (Morgan Road Books - 2005)

Two Views of Mind: Abhidharma & Brain Science
Christopher deCharms (Snow Lion - 1997)

Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brainscience and Buddhism
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama (Snow Lion- 1999)

Toward Sustainable Science
P.A. Payutto (Buddhadamma Foundation)

 


Web sites for Buddhism and science

Mind and Life Institute
Establishing a mutually respectful working collaboration and research partnerships between modern science and Buddhism and promoting the creation of a contemplative, compassionate, and rigorous experimental and experiential science of the mind which could guide and inform medicine, neuroscience, psychology, education and human development.