Buddha developed a profound and detailed, universal theory of unity, which accounts for everything related to mind and consciousness. The Buddha obtained his deep insights by means of mental techniques and training. Using his own mind as both research equipment and research object, his approach was at least as empirical - i.e. verifiable by experience or experiment - as that of modern physics.

Contemporary, mainstream quantum physics and cosmology in unison are close at what is dubbed a "Grand Unification Theory" which supposedly explains all phenomena and is based on empirical evidences gathered in a handful of High-Energy Physics Laboratories. Well, rather, they were close at it by the end of the 20.th century whereafter the quest for a unified theory, prevalent in main-stream physics for most of the 20'th century, seems to have dissolved into a plethora of theoretical speculations, which seem to have in common that they are un-verifiable by experience or experiment and thus are neither empirical nor scientific.

The great stumbling block for modern physics is that at the very experimental frontiers, where experiments are conducted under extreme conditions, it has been verified that the behavior of matter / energy / fields at the very smallest observable scales, ponderable in the labs, depends on how it is being observed. It is exactly here the teachings of the Buddha can come in handy. Buddha came to the same conclusions about the physical reality on the very smallest scales as modern physics. However, Buddha didn't need any multi billion dollar high-energy physics laboratory and tremendous amounts of explosive energy to make his discoveries - the shade of a tree, a pillow and a properly trained mind is all that it takes.

Regards, Project Buddha Society.

Excerpt of the Day

Each day we bring a new excerpt from our Favorite Books Online.

Excerpt from:

Handbook for Mankind

by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

To attain liberation, we first have to examine things closely in order to come to know and understand their true nature. Then we have to behave in a way appropriate to that true nature. This is the Buddhist teaching; this we must know and bear in mind. Buddhism has nothing to do with prostrating oneself and deferring to awesome things. It sets no store by rites and ceremonies such as making libations of holy water, or any externals whatsoever, spirits and celestial being included. On the contrary, it depends on reason and insight. Buddhism does not demand conjecture or supposition; it demands that we act in accordance with what our own insight reveals and not take anyone else's word for anything. If someone comes and tells us something, we must not believe him without question. We must listen to his statement and examine it. Then if we find it reasonable, we may accept it provisionally and set about trying to verify it for ourselves. This is a key feature of nBuddhism, which distinguishes it sharply from other world religions.

Read more from Handbook for Mankind

Books for Sale

What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and DhammapadaWhat the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada by Walpola Rahula.
This indispensable volume is a lucid and faithful account of the Buddha's teachings. Dr. Rahula's What the Buddha Taught provides a simple and reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted. Authoritative and clear, logical and sober, this study is as comprehensive as it is masterly. This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author).
A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings)A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings) by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
This modern translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma) offers an introduction to Buddhism's fundamental philosophical psychology. Originally written in the 11th or 12th century, the Sangaha has served as the key to Abhidhamma's central themes, including states of consciousness and mental factors, the functions and processes of the mind. This book presents an exact translation of the Sangaha alongside the original Pali text. A detailed, explanatory guide with more than 40 charts and tables lead readers through the complexities of Adhidhamma.
Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn ChahFood for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Chah.
Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was one of Thailand's most well-known meditation teachers. His charisma and wisdom influenced many American and European seekers, and helped shape the American Vipassana community. This collection brings together Ajahn Chah's most powerful teachings on meditation, liberation from suffering, calming the mind, enlightenment and the "living dhamma". Western teachers such as Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can experience them directly in this book.
Home | Alive from Noble Path | Favorite Books Online | DhammaSearch | Photo Galleries | Buddhist Videos