Introduction At first glance religion on the one hand and science and technology on the other do not seem to have anything in common. Religion, according to some viewpoints, is a holdover from a bygone era, an era which was full of superstitions and irrational beliefs. Science, on the contrary, is a product of … Continue reading The Place of Religion in the Technoscientific World
I just read a very interesting article on "The True Jihad" on the Enlightennext.org website, and here is my response. Please read the article first before reading this comment: Key to this article is that view that the inner jihad - inner spiritual battle against evil - demands the existence of the enemy, namely the … Continue reading About “The Inner Jihad”
One thing that Lewis Lancaster talked about in his lecture at Berkeley (see here) is that Buddhism is a "portable" religion. This means that Buddhism was the first "global" religion which was followed by Christianity. The core or the essence of Buddhism is not tied up with any particular place, or a race of people. … Continue reading Buddhism and Culture
During the symposium on Buddhism in German philosophy and literature, there was a lively discussion on how to compare Buddhism and Christianity on the topic of God and ultimate reality. There was a question from the audience whether the difference between Buddhism as a non-theistic and Christianity as a theistic religion would be a significant … Continue reading Buddha, God, and Emptiness
The PBS is putting a new series on "The Bible's Buried Secrets" which documented Jewish history at the period which led to the Bible as we know it today, as well as the whole idea of monotheism. However, it was discovered also that the Israelite God, Yahweh, did have a wife, who was a Canaanite … Continue reading Did God Have a Wife?
I have been listening to this beautiful YouTube video of Elizabeth Parcell's singing of Mozart's "Exsultate, Jubilate" and think that I should be saying something about Buddhism and music. But first let us listen to the first part of the video: Very beautiful, isn't it? The music does not end with this part, and I … Continue reading Buddhism and Music
The Ninth Annual Conference of the Metanexus Institute has just finished yesterday amidst all the fanfare and four very dazzling Flamenco dancers who performed for us during the closing banquest at the Husa Princesa Hotel in Madrid. It was a good memory and I believe people will look forward to the next conference, wherever it … Continue reading Subject, Self, and Soul