Buddhism Is Compatible With Science
Kadam Morten Clausen is a Buddhist teacher in the New Kadampa tradition, a modern, worldwide tradition founded by Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the author of more than twenty books on Buddhism, including his most recent, Modern Buddhism (now available as a free e-book).
He is the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center NYC as well as the Vajra Light Buddhist Center in Hartsdale, NY. For over 30 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who gave him the title Kadam, indicating that he is a senior lay teacher of the Kadampa Tradition.
Kadam Morten met his teacher Geshe Kelsang while attending university in England. He taught widely throughout the UK, and helped develop many Kadampa Centers in England. Kadam Morten has been teaching in the US for 17 years and has established Centers throughout the New York area, as well as Washington DC, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
Kadam Morten: What Buddhist practice entails is essentially helping us to connect to the love, the kindness, the good qualities, the good stuff, that we already have in our heart and then learning how to cultivate that, how to nurture it, how to increase it so that it comes to characterize us completely. And then on the other side, letting go of anger, letting go of deluded, painful states of mind that just cause unhappiness.
Buddhism is not founded upon a story that then we need to defend against the observations of science. It’s actually founded upon a scientific exploration of consciousness, and therefore it can just change with the times.
One further note is that, of course, Buddha is, I don’t know, he’s right there with modern science from one point of view. Relativity--Buddha was talking about that 2,500 years ago. Or these days, some of the findings of quantum physics and so on where it’s clear that the observer is a crucial part of the observed . . . well, that’s what Buddha said: There is no object outside of the consciousness perceiving that object.
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