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Letter: Buddhism Evolves Toward Reality

Reality is religion 2.0 and the very survival of the human race depends on humanity living in right relationship to reality. Those who don't embrace reality will be left behind.

 

The religion Buddhism has made a big step forward in religious evolution. The Dalai lama is now pushing his Buddhist monks and nuns to learn science. Buddhists are now being trained to understand evolution, Heisenberg's  Uncertainty Principle, neuroscience, and the subatomic nature of neutrinos.

We live in a world where humans are evolving faster than they ever have in history. Now that we have the Internet there has been an explosion of knowledge.

Just this month humanity celebrates the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last of the twelve particles that make up the universe. Last month the Voyager I spacecraft officially left the solar system to be the first human made object to enter interstellar space.

Buddhism is moving to catch up with the rest of humanity by embracing reality and making reality part of their religion and culture. Although Reality isn't officially part of the Jewish religion, science is very much a part of Jewish culture. It gives me hope that some day Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity will embrace science and reality as well.

All religions seek the truth and the very definition of truth is that which is real. I therefore urge all of the religions of the world to embrace reality the way the Buddhists have and incorporate reality into your religious beliefs.

Reality is religion 2.0 and the very survival of the human race depends on humanity living in right relationship to reality. Those who don't embrace reality will be left behind.

I'm Marc Perkel - and I approve this message!

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Sifu Paddler July 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I think we learned something here. That this is pretty much ignorant. Again, history is the ledger. If you learn your history...you might learn something. As you said, the internet is at your fingertips.
Gayan Perera July 23, 2012 at 04:14 AM
"Buddhism is moving to catch up with the rest of humanity by embracing reality and making reality part of their religion and culture"; Really? Here are some quotes by Albert Einstein; Buddhism is a philosophy - not a religion, and as such, is a way of life, and does not force you to believe a certain view of the world, and is very much tied with Science Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. -Albert Einstein If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism. -Albert Einstein
Susmita Barua July 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM
How can Buddha Dharma be applied to solve real life challenges and socio-economic and environmental problems globally and locally? http://conscious-capitalism.blogspot.com
Gayan Perera July 23, 2012 at 07:51 PM
When you actually think of "Development" over the last 200 or so years, what comes to mind?; •Rapid Increases in human population, •An increase reliance on technology, •A group of mammals who spend most of their lives putting value to a resource with to real use (money) •Rapid destruction of the Earth's natural environment •A group of mammals who utilise their resources finding more effective ways to kill each other Sure, you may argue that life nowadays is much better than it was 2,500 years ago, and has changed for the better; however, one thing that has been constant is the human mind; Now, as it was back then, the most important thing every human seeks is happiness Have we as humans become any better? Have we harnessed the potential of our minds over the last 2,500 years? No; As humans, we find more ways of getting happiness by exploiting others, forgetting that each Individual can obtain happiness if they just tame their minds, and understand that real happiness is developed by developing our minds and focusing on relationships, rather than gaining pleasure from material processions The difference between Economic development and spiritual development is that the later seeks for the minimalist use of material resources, and focus on the opportunity cost - developing relationships, our minds, utilising strengths and spend more resources on doing what really gives us lasting happiness, rather than obsessing on objects that give us the illusion of happiness
Sifu Paddler July 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Noteworthy comment. However that point of view pretty much transcends both Eastern and Western belief systems, whereas one should live in harmony within their surroundings. That said, it is the season of Ramadan. Isn't the Islamic observance of prayer, fasting and self denial a way to rejuvinate oneself in order to live in harmony and to maximize the most of the world's resources? Isn't the Christian observance of Lent the same? There are more similarities than differences.

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