The Dalai Lama
If I were to tell you that I had met a brilliant man who has explored specific areas of science over the years – subatomic physics, cosmology and biology including neuroscience and psychology – you would be wondering what famous scientist I was referring to.
The Dalai Lama is no scientist and yet he has studied each of these specific areas of science because he believes that “spirituality and science are complementary if different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth” These words are his words not mine taken from a direct quote from his book “The Universe In a Single Atom” – The Convergence of Science and Spirituality.
Prior to meeting him (very very briefly) a few years ago, I would not have believed it. And yet it is what he believes. One area of interest is with the workings of the human brain and when I met him in Washington D.C. he was, later on that week, meeting with a group of scientists to discuss this same topic.
He believes that in today’s world true modernization lies through the introduction of modern education which at the essence is knowledge of science and technology. To that end he has encouraged even monastic colleges to include science into their curriculum.
He believes very strongly that there is a close connection between our conceptual understanding of the world, our vision of human existence and its potential, and the ethical values that guide our behavior.
Further he believes that when science is motivated by a quest for understanding that seeks to lead us to better things and happiness then the partnership between science and spirituality is a good thing.
In the closing of his book he states “May each of us, as a member of the human family, respond to the moral obligation to make this collaboration possible. This is my heartfelt plea.”
If The Dalai Lama, one of the most educated and spiritually wise men on the planet, believes this to be true – who am I to doubt?
Thank you for visiting me today, may your tomorrows be filled with a thirst for knowledge towards the well-being of our human family ~ Penny
*And the partial quote in the title of today’s post is from Rudyard Kipling in his Barrack-room ballads, 1892: “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” The word Twain derives from the Old English twegen meaning two.