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dalai lama and science by hanciong dalai lama and science by hanciong
The complete sentence is: "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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Buddhism has no problem with science. In fact, observation and analysis, i.e., scientific methods, are one of the key points in Buddhism. However, we Buddhists don't observe merely with scientific apparatus, but also our minds.

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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
A rather unique position for a religious leader.
hanciong Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because Buddhism is unique among religions :D
fredrikslicer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
improvements are allways welcome
Doomblade2712 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Science proves that life is "suffering" WRONG. It can be all happiness and joy and love etc. for some people... like me.
hanciong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you mean "science" or "Buddhism"? Indeed science doesn't prove that life is suffering. In fact, science has nothing to do with our emotional state.

If you mean "Buddhism proves that life is suffering", well you may misunderstand what "suffering" in Buddhism means. The original word is "dukha", and it is better translated as unhappiness/unsatisfactoriness (now you have those, don't you?). Buddhism states that there is unhappiness/unsatisfatcoriness in our life. we always missing/lacking something. and indeed this dukha originates from wrong point of view. we are greedy, or we think that our health/money/etc are permanent. that's why when we lose them, we experience dukha. Buddhism teaches us to change this wrong point of view. and if you live a happy life, good for you. but in the end, you still have to leave your happy life (when you die), and it is still considered as a dukha.
Doomblade2712 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I am happy with whoever, whenever, whatever, wherever and however~ death is nothing but a concept I do not experience dukha at any level, and many people are waking up to the fact that we only experience suffering due to our own judgements whether it came from within or the society...
hanciong Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly. our unhappiness/unsatisfactoriness comes from our wrong point of view, and Buddha teaches us to systematically get rid of it, and change it into the correct point of view.
Doomblade2712 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Until we get rid of them all... I guess life is suffering no matter how little you may think the suffering is~
wildeye99 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
such a great man.
hanciong Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he is not perfect, but yeah I agree :D
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