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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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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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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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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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Does meditation increase productivity for software developers and related professions?

Is there any evidence for Buddhist meditation practices increasing productivity for software developers? Just from my own experience it seems like it does but I'm just interested into other ...
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When meditation goes wrong

Although it has been claimed that meditation does help in several ways, I have read on the Internet that there are cases where psychotic episodes, schizophrenia and suicide tendencies arise after ...
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What are the scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness meditation?

Has anyone got a good idea which benefits of mindfulness meditation have got decent scientific evidence supporting them. It would be great it someone could point to good publicly available research or ...
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In terms of reliability of understanding reality, how does the scientific method compare with Buddhist insight practice? [closed]

Posted based on a requested edit to this question The modern "scientific method", perhaps as espoused in Karl Popper's "The Logic of Scientific Discovery", is seen today by many, especially in the ...
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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 if there is no rebirth?

Recently, I found a rather interesting quote of HH Dalai Lama XIV, which he said in Bodhgaya interviews, 1981: “Buddhists believe in rebirth. But suppose through various investigative means, ...
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Can meditation help students in exams?

Came across this interesting research paper: Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks If above is the case, is there any research showing ...
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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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Are there reliable accounts of Buddhists who have remembered past lives?

Although the vast majority of people will not remember past lives, are there reliable accounts of people who have? Specifically are there accounts of Buddhists who have remembered past lives and whose ...
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How is the Concept of Consciousness in Psychology Related to the parallel Buddhism concepts?

Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us. (The illusion of consciousness) ...
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Could meditation help with reducing memory and concentration problems? As with ADD or ADHD?

There have been studies showing that meditation can help dealing with depression, stress and anxiety. But are there meditation techniques that help with ADD and ADHD problems? And if there are, which ...
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Samatha, Vipassana, Shikantaza scientifically compared?

Is there any scientific studies that have observed through different bias the differences and similarities between those three type of meditation? For exemple difference in EEG or brain plasticity in ...
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Are Buddhists happier than average?

Has anyone ever tried to measure happiness of Buddhist practitioners and compare it in a scientific or analytically way to other religious groups or the population as a whole? If there are studies ...
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Why focus below your bellybutton in meditation?

My roshi tells me to focus here. Before practicing, I spent most of my waking hours thinking, analyzing, living in my head. With practice, it has gotten easier to think when thought has a purpose, and ...
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What are the physiological effects of mindfulness based meditation?

I was meditating on the breath recently and I noticed that my breath slowed to a significant extent (not a huge insight admittedly). So this made me wonder if anyone has measured the effects of ...
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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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Celibacy and contradiction with modern medical science

Buddhism stress on Celibacy at the same time insists on revoking everything that could not be proved by scientific method or rational thought. I am a graduate student of physics and I found that ...
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Is our mind faster than light?

Here is what I have been told by some Thai followers: The sun's light takes 8 minutes to reach the Earth, but our mind can think of the sun or even of distant stars instantly. That is to say, our ...
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Can binaural recordings enhance my meditative experiences?

I read about binaural tones and am about to experiment with them in my meditation sessions. I read that studies show mixed results, with 7Hz frequencies improving focus and 15Hz impeding concentration....
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Are there rules that prevent chaos in our world?

Is it right to say that, if there is no supreme god, there must be a power or set of rules that prevents chaos in our world? Isn't it natural that if the world is not ruled by god it must be exposed ...
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How does Buddhism refute the inherent existence of sub-atomic particles?

(1) According to Rob Burbea in Seeing That Frees, "both the neither-one-nor-many reasoning and the sevenfold reasoning are among the practices capable of revealing the emptiness of matter even at the ...
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If the law of Karma is a natural law like Newton's law?

Can we write an equation for it? at least in principle because I know that there are lots of variables involved. but if it really is a part of nature then why not?
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Is Pratītyasamutpāda just cause and effect?

Considering the formulation of Pratītyasamutpāda (dependent arising) When this is, that is. From the arising of this comes the arising of that. When this isn't, that isn't. From the cessation ...
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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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Is it true that Physics confirms some of the Buddha's teachings?

I've heard it said that some observations in modern Physics effectively confirm some of the things the Buddha taught. Is that true? If so, could someone provide some examples?
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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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What did the Buddha teach about aliens?

What are the teachings of the Buddha about aliens or other planets that have lives? Is this the only place that can have life or human beings? Is it possible to be born a Buddha in some other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Right View be interpreted as scientific fervor?

The first in the eightfold path talks about having a right view of things. Or as wikipedia puts it, The purpose of right view is to clear one's path of the majority of confusion, ...
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Why are some bodily fluids missing from the “Thirty Two Parts of the Body” teaching?

"There are in this body head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, intestinal tract, stomach, feces, bile, ...
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Can the elements of Buddhist Cosmology be confirmed?

How are the elements of Buddhist Cosmology (31 planes of existence, hungry ghosts/shades, angry deities, etc.) confirmed? Are there writings of recent gurus in the past 50 years or so, confirming, ...
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How is the new intelligence equation practically (freedom) related to Buddhism?

This 10 minute TED video by Alex Wissner talks about a new theory of intelligence, which defines intelligence as intelligence is a force ... that acts so as to maximize future freedom of action ...
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What are sariras (scientifically seen)?

What are sariras (Tibetan: ringsels)? I have seen those small crystal 'pearls' (exposed in bottles) at several (even small) monasteries in SE Asia. These relics remain (are found in the ashes) after ...
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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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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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Do Buddhists believe in Evolution? [duplicate]

Just as a companion question to this I want to ask if Buddhists believe in the theory of evolution by natural selection. The aforementioned question makes me think that the answers might be different ...
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Are ecological concerns supported explicitly in Buddhism?

Many practising Buddhists that I know also have strong ecological concerns. Is this concern for 'green' issues part of Buddhism or do the two things just attract the same kind of people i.e. people ...
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Buddhism about the Big Bang and Science in general

What did Buddha have to say about the creation of the Universe, if any? I asked a monk after a discourse, and he said that there is a reference to continuous Big Bangs, not simultaneous, but one after ...
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Scientific Reincarnation Research

Buddhists often cite the research of people like Ian Stevenson or Jim Tucker in support of their views on rebirth. My understanding however is that these researchers consider their evidence supports ...
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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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Is there any research on physiology of deep and long meditative states (i.e. days and weeks of sitting)?

I keep hearing about Theravada monks who are able to stay in deep meditative states for days and weeks on end. While I do not [yet] question ability to stay in meditation for that long, what interests ...
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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 ...