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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by K. Sri Dhammananda
Detachment is one of the most important factors for the attainment of Enlightenment. The attainment of Enlightenment is by way of non-attachment. Most of life's troubles are caused by attachment. We get angry, we worry, we become greedy and complain bitterly. All these causes of unhappiness, tension, stubbornness and sadness are due to attachment. When we investigate any trouble or worry we have, the main cause is always attachment.
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|Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana.|
There are two aspects to any effective meditation practice: insight and concentration. In Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante G presents the levels of concentration with the same simplicity and humor that made "Mindfulness in Plain English" so successful. The focus here is on the Jhanas, the meditative states of profound stillness and concentration in which the mind becomes fully immersed and absorbed in the chosen object of attention. Using the Jhanas to guide readers, the author provides the instruction necessary to utilize meditation as a tool for building a fulfilling life.
|Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time by Nyanaponika Thera.|
The Abhidhamma expounds a revolutionary system of philosophical psychology that organizes the entire spectrum of human consciousness around the two poles of Buddhist doctrine - bondage and liberation. In this book, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one of our age's foremost exponents of Theravada Buddhism, penetrates the Abhidhamma to make its principles intelligible to the thoughtful reader of today and demonstrates the continuing relevance of Buddhist thought to our most astute contemporary efforts to understand the elusive yet so intimate nature of the mind.
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