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Buddhism, Science And The Western World

Blogger Adam Frank explores the insight of Buddhist scholars, who suggests the affinity Buddhism is supposed to have with science is a consequence of its historical encounter with the West.
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When discussions about science and religion turn into debates about science versus religion, Buddhism mostly gets a pass.

Thanks to the work of the Dalai Lama and others, Buddhism can seem far friendlier to modern, scientifically minded sensibilities than the Abrahamic religions. This alignment with science is strengthened by the widespread adoption of mindfulness techniques — often derived from Buddhist and other contemplative practices — in domains like medicine and psychology.

So with its supposed empirical emphasis on internal investigation, one might wonder if Buddhism is really a religion at all or, at least, in same the sense as Western monotheistic traditions. Maybe it's better described as a kind of "science of happiness?"

Robert Sharf is a scholar of Buddhist studies at UC Berkeley and he has, apparently, heard this kind

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