The Dalai Lama On Science And Religion

The Dalai Lama was asked a question at his home in Dharmsala, India on March 15, 2011. He was talking with a gathering of Thai Buddhists.

The question was, “As we know that you have been there working with leading scientists in the world during the last few decades, [and] they show keen interest in Buddhist spirituality; how do you see the outcome of these there works for both, Buddhism in the east, and the west world, in the future?”

The essence of this question is, “How does Buddhism mesh with modern science?”

Over the past 30 years, the Dalai Lama has discussed cosmology, neurobiology, quantum physics and psychology.

The Dalai Lama believes that Buddhists must accept the reality that science provides when it contradicts with Buddhist philosophy. This idea stems from Buddha’s teaching that, “All my followers should not accept my teaching out of devotion [or] out of faith; but rather [through] thorough investigation and experiment.” Is this not the scientific method?

So, I ask, “Is Buddhism the last honest religion? Is it a religion at all?”

What are your feelings, thoughts and answers to these questions?

Have you signed The Declaration of Interdependence? The Dalai Lama spoke about interdependence.

Note: This video first appeared on Best Meditation Videos on November 26, 2012.

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