Zen Buddhism: Its Extraordinary Insights and Total Failures

Compatibility with Modern Science

Either by pure coincidence or by serious analysis, Buddhist principles paint a picture of how the universe works at its most fundamental levels. It’s widely acknowledged at this point that the things we call particles behave more like waves than they do particles, and I have a hunch that the word particle will eventually be phased out for some better word that defines the stuff the world is made of. You hear many physicists referring to most particles as wave-particles at this point.

Buddhism often refers to the universe as a flow of energy, and that seem to be the fundamental nature of the world. The world is not made up of little balls of energy like we’ve all been brought up to believe — this was always just an assumption, an idea created by the ancient Romans, who coined the term atom, (although they believed all liquids were made up of little balls and all solids were made up of little cubes).

The world is a flow of energy, and although this does not necessarily mean there is some mysterious ether that permeates the universe, it does suggest that the universe is fundamentally a very wiggly thing.

Through meditative insight, Buddhism has suspected this was the case for thousands of years — that the body is in no way separate from the rest of the universe. If you are to ask yourself, where does the rest of the world stop and you begin, there really is no answer here that is not completely arbitrary.

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