July 08, 2009
In our Spring 2003 issue, B. Alan Wallace wrote,
Buddhism, like science, presents itself as a body of systematic knowledge about the natural world. It posits a wide array of testable hypotheses and theories concerning the nature of the mind and its relation to the physical environment. These theories have allegedly been tested and experientially confirmed numerous times over the past 2,500 years, by means of duplicable meditative techniques. In this sense, Buddhism may be characterized as a form of empiricism, rather than transcendentalism.
Are Buddhism and science close relatives? If Buddhism disagrees with science, must we side with science? Read the whole article.