the universe in a single atom

August 12, 2007

I’m reading this book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and I’m hooked. Science and Buddhism…how do these two fields learn from each other? I think that’s the Dalai Lama’s central question. Or one of them, at any rate. One point he makes that I love: believing that the practice of science occurs outside of some kind of moral framework and that one only asks ethical questions of the resulting products or practices…this is ludicrous. Ethical and moral questioning needs to occur at every step of the scientific process. The Dalai Lama also says that if scientific findings contradict a Buddhist belief, then that belief needs to be revised. I love reading about his first encounters with technology, how he takes apart the artifacts left by the 13th Dalai Lama: a watch, automobiles.