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A system of thought that organises the world through prediction, observation and experimentation. Scientific truths are provisional and can always be falsified.

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A scientific error of the Buddha?

Is it a scientific error of the Buddha? Sāriputta, there are these four kinds of reproduction. What four? Reproduction for creatures born from an egg, from a womb, from moisture, or spontaneously. ...
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Is better sati cause to better memory?

Did Lord Buddha tell something about this ? (Relationship between sati and memory) There was a monk in Buddha's time who is enlightened but didn't have a strong memory. To be enlightened, some has ...
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Does the Buddha deny genetic differences?

In MN.98, the Buddha seems to deny the ethnic/racial/genetic differences between humans. He seems to indicate that differences in physical traits between individuals are not determined by birth as in ...
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How come enlightened people don't have any laziness?

I just heard that enlightened people have zero laziness. How is it possible? What is "laziness" ? What is the connection between laziness and ego/desire? Edit: Also that monk said: "Laziness is ...
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Are probabilistic physics and pratitya samutpada compatible?

Can a physical theory be fundamentally probabilistic (such as the popular interpretations of quantum mechanics) without contradicting pratitya samutpada? Clarification Pratitya samutpada is about ...
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Is there a scientific consensus on meditation?

Is there a scientific consensus on meditation? I've seen it said that different parts of the brain are activated during meditation. Is that true for all experienced meditators, all forms of meditation,...
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Eightfold path & gender dysphoria

Would the eightfold path help someone transcend gender dysphoria? Is gender dysphoria a matter of clinging or a matter of hardwired biology?
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

There is some evidence that plants are 'sentient beings' and can communicate (e.g. see this article or this wikipedia page). However Buddhists believe eating meat is wrong because of killing a living ...
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Can one practice meditation to gain knowledge about the universe?

The Buddha knows everything in this universe via his mind alone. Can I do the same? I want to know what is inside a black hole.
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How can we make sense of the Universe from the Buddhist perspective?

I know this is the kind of the question Buddha discouraged to ponder upon with the example of the poisonous arrow. But after 25 centuries, after what Newton and Einstien and Astronomers and ...
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Is there a source that Dalai Lama wants scientists to invent a “meditation machine”?

The 14th Dalai Lama have known to actively support scientific explanation on Buddhism. For example his investment in the Mind and Life Institute. But I remember that I've read somewhere that he ...
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Permanent Matter?

My friend told this to me & now I am confused. Isn't the amount of matter in the universe the same, no less, nor more, because nothing is ever lost, nor created, everything causes everything,...
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Is the path of Zen compatible with computer science?

For example, software/code/algorithms themselves can be very complex, dense, cryptic (often without value), overly detailed, stressful to understand intent (sometimes), generation of new abstractions ...
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Does Buddhist's Time Dilation have something to do with Physics's Time Dilation?

I've just seen Interstellar. And they say 1 year on the planet is equal to 7 years on earth. because it sounds familiar to the Buddhist text I used to read ,if they both refer to the same thing, how ...
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Justice through soul-reincarnation

A pure, almost metaphysical but from the inside of me: How would it sound that there is an afterlife of the more that 00 billion people that ever lived on earth since the begging of our species (as ...
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Given that Buddhism could accommodate people's prior religious beliefs, why is Buddhism itself now described as a religion?

Read somewhere that Buddhism does not advocate to go away from the beliefs of a person. Or in a way accommodate one's rooted beliefs from childhood. The main objective of following the path of Buddha ...
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Are there any scientifically validated practices for Buddhists?

We know there are already hundreds of studies with promising results. State of enlightenment is already documented and can be measured. So I am asking whether exists some resources or even a ...
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Memories of previous lives [closed]

I think I have to tolerate memories of previous lives. And I know many of which memories are combination of true and false memories.Part of the memories are scientifically superimposed by army or any ...
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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

I have heard that Buddha explained how the world is recreated after a destruction, in Aggan̄n̄a Sutta. One tale told by the Buddha in the Aggan̄n̄a Sutta describes the process of recreation on this ...
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The eternal universe

As far as I know, in Buddhism and Hinduism, the universe has birth and death, like the time of life. However, in Buddhism, as well as other Eastern religions, there are a lot of schools and movements. ...
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If the self is scientifically measured, what is the Buddhist view on this?

The concept of self is important in social psychology: self-concept, self-esteem, self-control, self-awareness, etc. As a science, these concepts are measured under scientific methods, and there are ...
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Is Scientific Realism/Materialism and/or Historicity compatible with Mahayana?

In my estimation the answer is decidely no, but I am interested to hear what others think from a Mahayana or Madhyamaka perspective. First, to try and clarify terms I am using scientific realism/...
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Can meditation heal physical diseases?

I recently read the Discourse to Girimananda Thera. In it, the Venerable Girimananda was "afflicted with a disease, was suffering there from, and was gravely ill". The Blessed One was petitioned by ...
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Does Buddhism uphold/advocate the theory of Evolution [Nichirenism]?

Does Buddhism uphold and/or advocate the theory of Evolution, the theory of Charles Darwin? Does Buddhism believes that our ancestors were monkeys and apes? I as a Christian don't believe in ...
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The four great elements and scientific equivalent

Science categorize physical world in to solid,liquid,gas and energy(thermal,kinetic,nuclear,radiation etc....) when it analyze, prove that nothing more than those three state of material and energy ...
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Is it possible to reconcile the evolution theory with Buddhism?

Is it possible to reconcile the evolution theory with Buddhism, or they are 2 things that simply cannot go along? In other words you have to choose one.
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How to reconcile non-attachment in a Type-A, North American culture where work is life?

I've been meditating on-and-off for years. However, the non-attachment preached by the Buddha conflicts with the environment around me. I'm in a large urban center in North America. Achievement is ...
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Showing anatta from modern psychology or neuroscience?

I have heard Ajahn Brahm say in a talk, if I recall, that modern science or psychology has demonstrated anatta in some way. It seems unnecessary to invoke science to validate any of Buddhism, but ...
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Buddhism and theory of relativity

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious ...
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Relationship between karma and science

How can science support or challenge the concept of Karma?
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Reincarnation and stem cell research

How do we apply reincarnation to phenomena such as reproduction by binary fission (amoeba) and creating animals like Dolly the sheep from a single cell? Also, why the population is rising in the ...
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Biology, Brain tumours and mental disorders, behaviour and Budhism

The biologic construction of our brains leads to diferent behaviour and personalities. Like different antennas or generators, we can process signals diferent ways or receive them diferent ways. Our ...
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Consciousness, death and reincarnation

First of all, I'd like to say I'm a scientist. This means fact will always come before faith, even if it hurts. In general, one's opinion doesn't mean much if the question itself has no meaning, but ...
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Cosmic expansion and cosmic contraction

DN2 talks of many aeons of cosmic expansion and cosmic contraction. What does this mean in Buddhist cosmology? Is this similar to Big Bounce in physics?
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During body-scan ('sweeping') meditation, what does brain-imaging (e.g. fMRI) look like?

I do not know how extensively body scans have been studied with brain-imaging techniques, e.g. fMRI. Body scan is a meditation technique developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It was derived from a meditation ...
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The Buddha who knew there were 31 realm but didn't mention anything about a round earth

Why didn't the Buddha, who knew there were 31 realms of existence, not talk about the roundness of the earth and planets?
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Hungry ghosts and food offerings to the dead

One of the four lowest realms of the 31 planes of existence is the realm of the hungry ghosts or hungry shades or petas or pretas. These cannot be souls or spirits, because in Buddhism, there is no ...
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Is it the EARTH only Place that can give birth to a Buddha?

is it the EARTH only Place that can give birth to a Buddha? isn't their any other Universes or worlds beside than Earth that Previously born Buddha or in the Future?
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What really Sekha means?

i'm still a bit confused, i know that "sekha" means literally "a learner; in course of perfection" but in some article "sekha" means "a pupil or one under training in a religious doctrine." what i ...
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Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

According to Buddhism, the cause of all suffering is desire and liberation from desire would lead to the cessation of suffering. But isn’t curiosity a desire? Is Buddhism against scientific attitude? ...
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What exactly did Lord Buddha say about Size of Atom?

I have heard that Lord Buddha wrote or discussed about the smallest indivisible particle i.e the atom. What exactly did he say. Is it mentioned in some scriptures? If yes, did he give any argument or ...
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Buddhism and Science

Science is capable of helping living beings flourish, or of generating suffering for living beings. Either of these two capacities are the result of trial and error as well as research and ...
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Does studying mathematics or science lead to a practitioner of Buddhism acquiring wrong philosophical views and mental afflictions?

Among the steps needed to attain enlightenment, a practitioner of Buddhism needs to abandon the wrong philosophical views that they acquired due to either wrong teaching or wrong study. In this sense, ...
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Do flying monks described in Buddhist texts contradict with physics?

So the Buddhist texts must be stating something incorrectly since we now know that we can't fly without the help of technology. How could they fly then?
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Is the principle of rebirth falsifiable?

When the Buddha searched for truth in the world he used a method of empiricism. Empiricism is the precursor for modern science and although I believe that rebirth can be verified empirically I am not ...
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How to calculate the number of years in a kalpa?

Wikipedia's Kalpa(aeon) in Buddhism article says, In another simple explanation, there are four different lengths of kalpas. A regular kalpa is approximately 16 million years long (16,798,000 years[...
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Buddha's knowledge of prior births

Did Budhdha really got to know his previous births ....or was it just mind hallucinating because of hunger, thirst? I don't mean any disrespect
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Animals and humans in Science vs. Buddhism

About the doctrine of the 31 realms of existence. I have a few questions, because science, especially the theory of evolution, makes a good argument for categorizing humans as animals. Is this list ...
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In the book Parallel Worlds, does Michio Kaku believe in Nirvana and Genesis?

I'm curious because someone translated it into Thai that the eleven-dimensional hyperspace is actually Nirvana in Buddhism. Does Michio Kaku literally mean that? What's his religion. Sorry if my ...
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What is the buddhist conception of light?

How do buddhists regard light? In their statues the eyes of Buddha are most times closed. Do they consider light a low worthy thing or something else. Newton showed gravity to be a powerful competitor ...