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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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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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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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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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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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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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Causation without causes

I just reread Bachelor's translation of MMK. It struck me that the argument against causation was that: A cause has no essence in addition to what it is, else it would not be the final cause. But it ...
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Can advances in neuroscience help attain enlightenment? Will it make Buddhist traditions obsolete?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that Buddhists view enlightenment as a state of mind. As neuroscience progresses, we have more and more control over human brain, so inducing particular ...
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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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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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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 science can't prove the existence of other dimensions forever

Should I believe what is said in the Buddhist text instead? Even though I can't prove it myself either. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html
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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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Does “empirical evidence” challenge “scriptural authority”?

In his talk titled, Science at the Crossroads, the Dalai Lama said, On the philosophical level, both Buddhism and modern science share a deep suspicion of any notion of absolutes, whether ...
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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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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 is forgetting an experience?

During my day to day life experience, i imagine myself with wisdom. That imagination make me take a turn to some other scene where i exist as an ultimate supreme seer and i feel touch of realisation i....
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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 ...
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What are the main differences between Buddhism and Ellen Langer's 'scientific mindfulness'?

Ellen Langer has an interesting passage in her book on mindfulness claiming that her work is significantly different than 'spiritual buddhism' because it comes from the Western Scientific tradition. ...
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If physical action causes reaction, doesn't mental action cause reaction too?

For example, Newton's third law is that if a body acts another body, so the other body reacts to the acting body. Now consider a mental action, for example one person who loves another person: that ...
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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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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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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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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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Relationship between karma and science

How can science support or challenge the concept of Karma?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What if God created the universe but the Buddha just discovered how it works? [closed]

Just like God created The Sims game and the Buddha as a character in it happened to discover how it works by somehow hacking into the program, perhaps by meditation?

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