A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Via Daily Dharma
Not an Easy Fit | April 13, 2015
on the cushion or in the laboratory, Buddhism and science resist an
easy fit. A good deal of Buddhism—even including, ironically, the very
notion of buddhahood—doesn’t lend itself to scientific validation or
materialist empiricism. Consequently, to make Buddhism fit with what is
perceived to be our best knowledge of the world, much of what
constitutes the Buddhist tradition itself needs to be dismissed. In the
process, this rich tradition gets reduced to a set of concepts and
techniques stripped of the context that gave them meaning. - Linda Heuman, "A New Way Forward"