Friday, October 15, 2010

Buddhism and science

Buddhism is old, very old, but it doesn't cling to former knowledge and strives to be as up to date as possible.
While the old wisdom guides us through the days and touches the inner truth of many people both in the eastern and western world, through the ages, people of today have to deal with the influences of science in a day to day setting too.

Some religions and worldviews simply ignore the advances of science as well as they can, but buddhism doesn't.

There's a growing number of buddhistic leaders who create bridges between the western world and buddhism and even the dalai lama keept an open mind for whatever changes are necessary to keep Buddhism up to date.

He states:

If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own worldview.

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