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Buddhist teachings and
sutras. In this blog, I'd like to compare some of these similarities in order to gain a better understanding into how they are interrelated and/or are interchangeable.


On Quantum Field VS. Emptiness

Science
Quantum Field - an electromagnetic field in which all matter arises from.

Buddhism
Emptiness - a field of potential from which every possibility arises from. (
see video)


On Quantum entanglement VS. Interconnectivity
It's quite interesting how Quantum Entanglement sounds a lot like Buddhist's view of Interconnectedness. Here are the definitions:

Science
Quantum entanglement - when two particles interact with each other, they become entangled, developing a special connected relationship with one another. Quantum entanglement seems to point to a true oneness within a Universe.

Buddhism
Interconnectivity - everything in the Universe is intimately interconnected. The idea that we are separate entities, separate from the world around us is considered to be an illusion. The true nature of ourselves and reality is of a complete unification, or oneness.


On Mind Intelligence
This goes into scientific view of Mind and Intelligence compared to its Buddhist counterpart. Both views seem to be drawing a parallel between Mind and Matter, and how the two interact.

Science
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent
Mind. This
Mind is the matrix of all matter. -
Max Planck, Founder of Quantum Physics.

Buddhism
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. -
Buddha


On Observation VS. Participation
This one is also quite interesting. It goes into the 'Observation' problem. Some scientific experiments have demonstrated that the observer changes the outcome of the experiment simply by the act of observation. This closely relates to the Buddhist view, which states that reality is the projection of the observing mind.

Science
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our nature of questioning. - Werner Karl Heisenberg (
The Uncertainty Principle)

Double Slit Experiment - behavior of particles was dependent on whether or not they were being observed. Reality does not exist without the Mind that's defining it. Without Mind reality exists only as Infinite potential. Reality is defined by the mind that is observing it.

Buddhism
Reality is a projection of the mind.


On Awakening
There are some scholars, such as
Greg Braden, that dive further into connections between Science and Spirituality, and how that has the power to cure desease, redefine aging, and change reality by embracing the focused power of emotion, the quantum language of change.

Alex Grey, an artist and a Buddhist practitioner, has come up with some amazing collection of
paintings that mostly demonstrate how beings interact with energy fields that surround them.

What's interesting is that these scholars talk about awakening the mind to its fullest potential, something that is widely practiced in the Buddhist tradition.

I hope you find this information useful for your own quests and discoveries.

Thank you for reading!

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Comment by Konstantin A Lukin on April 16, 2010 at 10:27am
Alan Watts just released an excellent podcast on Zen and Science, where he explores interesting territories regarding space exploration. I really like the part on Radio Astronomy, where he compares The Conquest of Space approach with an alternative of developing subtle sensitivity. Sort of like saying, instead of trying to chase outside phenomena, let it come to you. Anyway, all-together a very enlightening view on matters of Science and Zen.
Comment by Gus Higuera on April 5, 2010 at 8:58pm
Yeah, he's great. Check out the video I just posted of one of his lectures animated by the South Park creators
http://www.techhui.com/video/alan-watts-animated-by-south
Comment by Konstantin A Lukin on April 5, 2010 at 5:30pm
Yea, we've just discovered his podcast archive, great stuff! Lots of information on such a broad spectrum of subjects.

Thank you for pointing Alan out, Gus!
Comment by Gus Higuera on April 5, 2010 at 4:14pm
His lectures on science and religion are great. There is one great lecture where he talks about humanity's need to categorize everything down to the very tiniest atomic particles. He laughs at that because he says it's basically like "the universe is trying to look at itself through our eyes" which is impossible so we will forever be finding even more and more tiny particle to explain the unexplainable.
Comment by Konstantin A Lukin on April 5, 2010 at 12:06pm
Thanks. I really like how Alan goes into positive/negative territory. The positive can not exist without the negative. Science knows this as well as Buddhism, which is another interesting similarity.
Comment by Gus Higuera on April 5, 2010 at 10:58am
Great article Kostya. Alan Watts is one of my biggest inspirations. I have a massive collection of his audio lectures that make a great companion to coding.

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