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.
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The Dhamma is not a doctrine of revelation, but the teaching of Enlightenment based on the clear comprehension of actuality. It is the teaching of the Fourfold Truth dealing with the fundamental facts of life and with liberation attainable through man\'s own effort towards purification and insight. The Dhamma offers a lofty, but realistic, system of ethics, a penetrative analysis of life, a profound philosophy, practical methods of mind training-in brief, an all-comprehensive and perfect guidance on the Path to Deliverance. By answering the claims of both heart and reason, and by pointing out the liberating Middle Path that leads beyond all futile and destructive extremes in thought and conduct, the Dhamma has, and will always have, a timeless and universal appeal wherever there are hearts and minds mature enough to appreciate its message.
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|What 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).
|The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism by Fritjof Capra.|
This is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time. This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early best seller that has gone on to become a classic. It includes a new preface by the author, in which he reflects on the further discoveries and developments that have occurred in the years since the book's original publication. As Dr. Capra says: "Physicists do not need mysticism and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both."
|Buddhadhamma by Prayudh Payutto.|
Written by one of the most highly regarded monk-scholars, this book is distillation of the pivotal doctrines in the Pali Buddhist canon. Many scholars of Buddhism have said that if a person is not able to read the whole Pali Buddhist canon, then read this one book. The major contributions is a detailed description of the Buddhist principles of causality. The book explains the rational basis of the Buddhist worldview and contains a lucid discussion of the Buddhist notion of no-self. The book represents a contemporary transformation of classical Theravada thought and practice.
|The Progress of Insight: A Treatise on Satipatthana Meditation by Mahasi Sayadaw.|
In this work on insight or vipassana meditation, Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw describes the seven stages of purification that occur on the path of insight. It is not intended for beginners. From the translator's forward: "The foremost concern in this work is with a stage where, after diligent preliminary practice, the insight knowledges have begun to emerge, leading up to the highest crest of spiritual achievement, Arahantship."
|Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings by Ajahn Chah.|
Chah offers a thorough exploration of Theravadan Buddhism in a gentle, sometimes humorous, style that makes the reader feel as though he or she is being entertained by a story. He emphasizes the path to freedom from emotional and psychological suffering and provides insight into the fact that taking ourselves seriously causes unnecessary hardship. Ajahn Chah influenced a generation of Western teachers: Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Joseph Goldstein, and many other Western Buddhist teachers were at one time his students.
|Keeping the Breath in Mind and Lessons in Samadhi by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo.|
This is a how to book. It teaches liberation of the mind not as a mind-boggling theory, but as a very basic skill that starts with keeping the breath in mind. The teachings are drawn from the works of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, one of Thailand's most renowned teachers of Buddhist meditation.