Buddhists' View of Science
truth discovered by science is relative and subject to changes, while that
found by the Buddha is final and absolute: the Truth of Dharma does not change
according to time and space. Furthermore, in contrast to the selective
theorising of science, the Buddha encouraged the wise not to cling to theories,
scientific or otherwise. Instead of theorising, the Buddha taught mankind how
to live a righteous life so as to discover Ultimate Truths. By living a
righteous life, by calming the senses, and by casting off desires, the Buddha
pointed the way through which we can discover within ourselves the nature of
life. And the real purpose of life can be found.
The Importance of Practice
is important in Buddhism. A person who studies much but does not practice is
like one who is able to recite recipes from a huge cookery-book without trying
to prepare a single dish. His hunger cannot be relived by book knowledge alone.
Practice is such important prerequisite of enlightenment that in some schools
of Buddhism, such as Zen, practice is put even ahead or knowledge.
scientific method is outwardly directed, and modern scientists exploit nature
and the elements for their own comfort, often disregarding the need to
harmonise with the environment and thereby polluting the world. In contrast,
Buddhism is inwardly directed and is concerned with the inner development of
man. On the lower level, Buddhism teaches the individual how to adjust and cope
with events and circumstances of daily life. At the higher level, it represents
the human endeavour to grow beyond oneself through the practice of mental
culture or mind development.
has a complete system of mental culture concerned with gaining insight into the
nature of things which leads to complete self-realisation of the Ultimate Truth
- Nirvana. This system is both practical and scientific, it involves
dispassionate observation of emotional and mental states. More like a scientist
than a judge, a meditator observes the inner world with mindfulness.
(This article was extracted
from "What Buddhist Believe", written by Ven (Dr) K Sri Dhammananda.