Buddhist Theory of Emptiness.

1 year, 11 months ago

I recently Checked out a book by Dalai Lama titled “The universe in a single Atom” First of all i would like to recommend this book. This book does an amazing job of connecting science to spirituality, specifically Tibetian Buddhism to Quantum theory, physics and mechanics. I am about 80 pages in and one part that really has stood out to me was when he explained the theory of emptiness and tied it to the theory of relativity. it basically explains the fallacy of believing in ourselves as independent entity’s from the world and how that is one of key reasons for ego, materialism etc.. Basically i guess my question would be, does anyone know more about this theory of emptiness or how it can tie to quantum theory or the theory of relativity. and has anyone read this book and if so what do you think? I believe i understand the philosophy of it, but my knowledge in science’s is still very minute so i would like to gain a greater understanding.

December 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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Profile photo of Kris Kris (@kjbaran) 1 year, 11 months ago ago

I really interested in reading this book. For some perspective on science topics I would check out Michio Kaku. Also check out SpiritScience on youtube if you haven’t already. Thanks for the read :)

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Profile photo of Devin Devin (@scotch) 1 year, 11 months ago ago

I’ve read a lot of teachings of the Buddha and zen books from Alan watts. basic the emptiness thing really a more psychological tool than of actual fact, but this linking to the quantum theory is telling otherwise, which is far out :) . But in essence think, all is mind, mind is void (when it is in healthy condition), this is no mind or Wu-Wei. This no mind feels natural, and does not cause psychological problems such as stress, split mindedness, or anxiety. As free as the clear blue sky. Thoughts are like clouds within this void, like a giant open space, vacuous and infinity in every direction. being empty holds no opinion, no preference, no self. This is the way.

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