Three Types of Compassion

When I was staying at the Khadiravana Center someone I had known before came to visit the Center and talked with me for a while. He was a student of Buddhism and used to translate a number of Tibetan Buddhist books. He had an interesting question which he told me many monks and scholars could […]

More of Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche on Happiness

Here is the remaining portion of Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche’s talk on “Path to Happiness” at Chulalongkorn University that I talked about in the previous post. May all beings be happy and meet with causes of happiness! ** Ordinary relaxation depends on external situation, but real happiness comes from inner realization. This is what the Buddhas […]

What is Emptiness?

I have talked quite a lot in this blog about emptiness, but in the Buddhist sense. However, here is a lecture by Kim Greist from University of California at San Diego on precisely the same topic, but from the standpoint of contemporary physics. Are things in the end one and the same?

How did “Zero” Give Rise to Everything?

While I am writing this, I am now in Singapore with my son Ken. I have attended the workshop on “Bright Dark Ages,” which is organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies here. Their aim is to rethink what is known as the “Grand Question” posed by the work of British historian of science […]

Perceiving Emptiness

There’s a story in the Suttas or the Discourses of the Buddha, which I am particularly interested. It’s a story about Bahiya. He used to be a merchant, but one day his ship was wrecked and he could barely made it alive on a shore. However, all his clothes were gone and he had to […]

Buddhism and Mathematics

One of the many topics that was raised during the talk on the Thai translation of Matthieu Ricard’s and Trinh Xuan Thuan’s book concerned the relation between Buddhist thought and mathematics. There have of course been quite a lot of talks about how Buddhism and science are related, but not much at all on Buddhism […]

The Quantum and the Lotus

My next talk will be at Thammasat University this Saturday. It is on the new translation of the book The Quantum and the Lotus, which has just been completed by Suan Ngern Mee Ma Press. The book is an extended conversation between Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan. The former is a former molecular biologist […]