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 technology. Their assertions have ranged from modest claims concerning the efficacy of meditation for psychological health and wellbeing to grander declarations that the Buddha himself expected the theories of relativity, quantum physics and the large bang greater than millennia ago.
In Buddhism and Science, Donald S. Lopez Jr. is much less drawn to comparing the accuracy of such claims than in exploring how and why those likely disparate modes of knowing the interior and outer universe were so many times associated. Lopez opens with an account of the increase and fall of Mount Meru, the nice height that stands on the middle 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 thoughts of non secular the Aristocracy have been enlisted to aid the infamous technology of race within the 19th century. Bringing the tale to the current, Lopez explores the Dalai Lama’s curiosity in medical discoveries, in addition to the consequences of study on meditation for neuroscience. Lopez argues that through featuring an old Asian culture as appropriate with—and even anticipating—scientific discoveries, eu lovers and Asian elites have sidestepped the debates at the relevance of faith within the glossy international that started within the 19th century and nonetheless flare at the present time. As new discoveries proceed to reshape our figuring out of brain and subject, Buddhism and Science can be vital studying for these interested by faith, technological know-how, and their usually vexed relation. (20081113)
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It is a religion of ethical contradictions. The old war god of the Jews is yoked with the camouflaged god of love. Whose characteristics are that of a veritable autocrat sending countless millions of people to an eternal hell of fire and brim stone. He enriches the Kingdom of his enemy Satan by increasing the population of hell by a thousand fold. Jesus is camouflaged as the prince of peace, whilst his actions show him to be a personality with an irritable temper. His very disciples forsook him at the critical moment when he prayed for help.
His contact with figures such as F. Max Müller (whom he had met during his time in England) and Dharmapāla had convinced him that Buddhism was the religion most suitable for the modern scientific world. The dilemma faced by Buddhists of China was different from that faced by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. ” As a religion imported from abroad, Buddhism had periodically been regarded with suspicion by the state over the course of Chinese history and had been subjected to imperial persecution on four occasions (in 564, 567, 845, and 955 CE).
Max Müller (whom he had met during his time in England) and Dharmapāla had convinced him that Buddhism was the religion most suitable for the modern scientific world. The dilemma faced by Buddhists of China was different from that faced by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. ” As a religion imported from abroad, Buddhism had periodically been regarded with suspicion by the state over the course of Chinese history and had been subjected to imperial persecution on four occasions (in 564, 567, 845, and 955 CE).
Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Buddhism and Modernity) by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.