Articles and interviews on the intersection of modern science and Buddhadharma
In this essay on the relationship between mathematics and Zen, Ralph Shikan Levinson draws on some of the fundamentals of geometry, particularly the quality of symmetry, as a way to interpret the identity of relative and absolute. He then applies some of his ideas to an appreciation of Zen poetry and art, particularly the work of Sengai Gibon (1750-1838). “Scientists are blown away by the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in predicting scientific discoveries,” Shikan writes. “I see a lot of interesting overlap between what blew the minds of the ancients, both East and West.”
Michael Isshin Spiller’s appreciation of a unique and personal take on the intersection of science and spirituality.
A debate between two titans of theoretical physics over the nature of black holes can provide inspiration for a Zen student in unexpected ways, writes Ralph Shikan Levinson. In one physicist’s willingness to adapt his theories to new scientific insights, Shikan sees the wisdom of Maezumi Roshi’s admonition against self-deception. And in another’s epigrammatic query about the wonder and mystery behind all of his equations, Shikan sees a finger pointing to a classic teaching about the nature of Mind.
“When scientists teach us that everything is interdependent, entangled, and that seeing an object as permanent and solid is an illusion–is that very different from the Diamond Sutra, which exhorts us not to be trapped by the illusion of finite personhood, a soul?” By Ralph Shikan Levinson.
Tom Campbell, a professional physicist, has worked on some of the most complex military systems in the U.S. arsenal. Since the early 1970s, he has also been at the forefront of a movement to shift the study of consciousness from the periphery to the center of modern scientific inquiry. His “theory of everything,” which he develops at length in his book “My Big TOE”, encompasses not just the foundation of individual experience but also phenomena like spiritual healing and remote viewing. By Nick Shindo Street.
Hazy Moon sangha member and journalist Nick Shindo Street interviews the author of Biocentrism, a book that Nyogen Roshi describes as mirroring his experiences in the practice of zazen as closely as anything he has encountered in a modern writer.
Audio excerpts from Dr. Robert Lanza’s talk at the Hazy Moon Zen Center.
Michael Isshin Spiller finds inspiration in two compelling books, “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor and “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander.