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What Lies Between Science and Buddhism?

Quantum Physics and Buddhism

A discussion between Quantum Physicists and the Dalai Lama, spurned my thoughts to form opinions and views, and to eventually conclude, that even such higher views, are in truth, not the path to Enlightenment, and in fact, are precisely one of the main obstacles, which are linked to one of the primary Fetters, which prevent our eventual Enlightenment!

Einstein and Buddhism Quote

After listening to a very interesting conversation and discussion between Quantum Physicists and the Dalai Lama, it occurred to me as i was listening with interest, and forming my own opinions and views (Dhitti), that it is our views, which are the cause of our sufferings, and the cause of our false self-identification (Sakaaya Dhitti).

The Buddha gave a discourse on Views (Dhitti), and explained how all views are false, and do not lead to Nibbana (Peace and Stilling of Stressful Agitation)

All such discussions and subsequent views which arise, are pointless, Because enlightenment, only comes, when all views have been destroyed.

All of the arguments which may be scientific, or philosophical, are based in views.
And views, are all erroneous.

It is only with the stilling of the analytical thought process, the stilling of the question, and the extinguishing of the need to know an answer, that brings peace.

Enlightenment comes with the stilling of these questions, not the raising of them. Liberation comes with the destroying of Views, and the abandonment of the Fetters. Not with the raising of questions, and forming of views.

Hence, the search for views which correlate between Buddhist and Scientific Thought, are not the Path. The discussion serves to gaiin favourable opinion with those Humans who believe that sicence, is superior to religion, and is made by Physicists who are Buddhist, who are acting out of a clinging desire to spread Buddhism, for it is the Religion they Love.

The result is auspicious, because it leads more people to contemnplate the Dhamma. But if quantum physics truly aligns with the Buddha-Dhamma, then people will also be able to use Physics to become enlightened.. which is something i seriously doubt.

The Dhamma is not a view, it destroys views.

Quantum Physics imposes views

 

Here are the two videos of the discussion with the Dalai Lama, which spawned this post and podcast.

 

Our Mind is Not Our Friend

Most of us think of our minds, as our self. We associate ourselves with our thoughts. When we speak about wrong view, what is meant, at least in Buddhism, is the belief in an unchanging inherent self, that travels through all the experiences in life, and perpetuates itself throughout the process.

I would like to share a short video about Buddhist meditation with you, which has been produced in three languages, namely; Thai language, English language, and German language. The name of the video is “our mind is not our friend”. I think it gives an excellent explanation and introduction into understanding how our minds are just a shadow play, a puppet theater, The stage upon which events are witnessed.

 

The witness is not the events. The witness is a silent observer. If the witness and his consciousness is entangled in the events, and those events are seen as the self, then suffering arises. When I say suffering, by that, I mean, stress.

Optical illusion created by the senses

When I say stress, by that, I mean, excitement, agitation, activity, absence of stillness.

If you watch the video and contemplate the Dhamma within it, you will see how we are trapped in a maze of conundrums of mental formations and perceptions, based in wrong views.  Meditation and mindfulness is the key, to develop the awakened mind which can rise above and escape this maze of endless suffering known ass  Samsaric Illusory Existence. In this realm of illusion, we are lost in dream of thinking. When we awaken, we shall leave this realm of dream thinking. For those who have not found the way, this is the way.

Our Mind, Is Not Our Friend. 

How to Practice Vipassana Pt 3 Vol 1

Forest Monks

The third Podcast on how to apply the practice Vipassana Kammatthana Mindfulness, or better said ‘Vipassana Bhavana’. 

This podcast approaches the end of the introductory talks before getting down to the specific methods, and deals mainly with the problem of why we do not see the three marks of existence with ease, and what obscures our vision, to make it so hard to see?

To understand the concepts of practice in Vipassana, it is extremely important to study it and understood the following concepts which are also links, which you can click on the links to read about each concept, if you don’t know them already;

Tilakkhana – 3 Marks of Existence – Anicca (Impermanence)Dukkha (Unsatisfactoriness), and Anatta (Not-Self) 

Khandas (Skandhas –  The five aggregates ) – I also recommend to read the study guide on access to insight.

4 Noble Truths

4 Sathipatanas

Noble Eightfold Path

You can hear the previous episode on this blog by clicking here: Vipassana Part 2 Vol. 1

You can hear all of my previous podcasts on youtube in my Vipassana playlist  

 

How to Practice Vipassana Pt 2 Volume 1

Second podcast in a continuing series, which attempts to reveal insights into the true methods of applied practice in Vipassanā Kammatthāna Mindfulness, and the attainment of the four paths and four fruits, which represent the attainments of the four kinds of Noble Enlightened Beings, who are Eight. Four Paths, Four Fruits.

Impermanence of Mind

Part two of the series takes us further along the path and continues the introduction which leads to understanding the basic principles of applied Vipassanā Practice. The talk sums up various aspects of the Practice, by looking at ten noticeable benefits which can be gained through Vipassanā.

Ten Benefits of Vipassana Practice

Vipassanā is a personal inner journey of introspection and insight development, whose experiences differ from person to person. It is Hence a very difficult thing to share one’s experiences, or to inquire about them with another person.

Emptiness 

Each person tends to experience Vipassanā  in their own individual manner. This makes it very difficult to explain your experience to your teacher. Luckily there are some basic elements which are present in all of the experiences which can occur in Vipassanā, and a good teacher will be able to recognize those elements in order to identify the nature of the experience is student is having.  It is very important to receive guidance along the path because there are many pitfalls which can lead the practitioner astray before he reaches their goal. There are also many detours which are not essentially pitfalls, but which are just going to make the practitioner spend more time in arriving at his destination.

Enlightenment

This series of talks hopes to continue and attempt to cover all of the major pitfalls and detours, which the practitioner may encounter along the way.

In case you didn’t catch the first episode you can listen to it in the below podcast

Nibbana

Seven Planetary Angels in Thai Buddhism

Planetary Intelligences as Personifications, depicting Deities which rule, over the days of the week, it’s something which is found, in various pantheons, of various cultures and religions, both now and in the ancient past . These are the ones to be found in Thai Buddhism which is heavily influenced by Brahmanism, and has firm beliefs in the power of astrology.

Planetary Deva

A small slideshow with beautiful imagery, depicting the seven planetary angelic intelligences, which are represented in personified forms, as the seven Deities of the weekdays, each one being attributed to a particular day of the week.

I hope you can appreciate both the mythological aspect as well as the artistic aspect of the slideshow, and also learn more about the Thai Buddhist cosmological pantheon, through watching it.

The Below video is a tutorial showing how to use these Devas for Bucha in a Yantra Cloth set which i have been giving out free to friends and to customers of my amulet store at www.thailand-amulets.net

How to chant each line of the Kata for the set of Planetary Astrological Deva Yantra Cloths which we have been sending out to many customers. Full length Tutorial click here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tqj8…

This tutorial shows how the Kata is chanted in itself in proper order of the lines of the Kata, but not in correct order of days, rather, in correct order of the Kata itipiso Hong Dton as contained within the set. Please follow this playlist for the next upload which will teach you how to do not only this Kata with text overlays to assist you (subtitles), but will also who how to recite it each day in correct order of the days of the week, in complete and correct formula!

If you received one of these sets with your order from us at Thailand Amulets, Buddhist Amulet or Ancient Amulet stores, then this will help you to perform Bucha by chanting the Kata for each Yantra Cloth

The series begins with; Yellow on Monday

Pink Tuesday

Green Wednesday Daytime

Black Wednesday Night time

Orange on Thursday

Blue on Friday

Purple on Saturday

Red on Sunday

Use the White one every day before the other Devas of the Days of the Week

Why the 3 characteristics are difficult to see

The three characteristics, are the three marks of existence, or as known in Pali, ‘Tilakkhana’. A basic introduction to why it is difficult for unenlightened beings to pierce through the veils of illusion which are influenced by the three characteristics, and see those three characteristics in motion. There are various obstacles which prevent he who does not contemplate deeply, from seeing the three characteristics.

 You can continue to listen to the final part in the following podcast from YouTube