SM109 - Science and Buddhism

It is often that Buddhism and other religions are examined from a modern scientific viewpoint. This course, however, is designed to view science from a Buddhist standpoint. The course begins with a discussion of the philosophical and attitudinal changes which influenced and transformed the European enterprise of science and its subsequent developments in knowledge and technique, Darwinism and the secularization of the concept of self, materialism and the reductionist philosophies which emerged from them. The course will next move on to the modern scientific studies on mind and examines them with light of parallel development in Buddhism.