Scientific Buddhist

The very face of compassion, Metta personified in glorious Avalokiteshvara, the compassionate Buddha.

Avalokitesvara compassion practices can “enhance treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma” say some scientists and clinicians. For the rest of us, his compassion brings us closer to bliss and wisdom.

Buddha's first teaching was on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

Historical Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha life; what do archaeologists, scholars and scientists agree are the validated, authentic events?

The Dalai Lama with children. Even though the Dalai Lama is very science-oriented, his priority clearly is Dharma, the teachings, and most especially compassion and love for all beings.

Cognitive Research: Om Ah Ra Pa Cha Na Dhi, Manjushri’s Arapachana mantra, proven to “enhance cognitive functions to a significant degree” versus non-spiritual “tongue twisters”

"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

Emptiness and Shunyata: What the Teachers Say About Emptiness: Removing “Lazy Nihilism” and “How Deep the Rabbit Hole goes”

From the video on Hayagriva Buddha by Buddha Weekly, demonstrating self generation as the deity Hayagriva and consort Vajravarahi Vajrayogini.

In what way are Buddhist deities real? What do the teachers and sutras tell us about the true nature of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Karma imprints on our mind stream. For our own physical — and spiritual — health, these negativities should be purified through the Four Opponent Powers.

Is it easier to practice Buddhist meditations in our dreams? Enlightenment through Dream Yoga, is it possible?

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Does a Neural Net have Buddha Nature? The science of AI “sentience” and what it can tell us about our Buddha Nature and minds: a theoretical physicist view

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Buddhism and Rebirth, Oneness, Timelessness — and you are everyone: True Rebirth

Rebirth is often symbolized with the metaphor of a butterfly. The Blue Morpho — one of the world’s most beautiful butterflies — with its iridescent blue color — is also one of the largest, with up to an eight-inch massive wingspan. Butterflies are one of the most common symbols of reincarnation around the world. It is the symbol used for the logo of our "sister" publication True Rebirth>>

Rebirth and Karma are important in Buddhism but What is the Reasonable Evidence for Rebirth, Previous Lives and Karma?

Practicing generosity creates positive karma. Here, a kind lay-Buddhist gives alms to three monks who, like the Buddha, eat only before noon and only from food given to them. Merit for good deeds is an intuitive concept in karma.

Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering. Why do bad things happen to good people? How can we escape the wheel of suffering?

Mindfulness Meditation brings a new perspective on the nature of time.

The Nature of Time: Mindful Meditation on Duration Judgment and its Relationship to the Subjective Experience of Time


Logic and the Doctrine of Proof: Celebrating the Life and Logic of Vasubandhu, the Great Buddhist Logician

Several research studies have indicated significant health benefits to people who practice meditation or are active in spiritual groups.

Buddhism helps seniors through difficult times; research demonstrates link to longer life

The goal of achieving Theta waves during meditation is difficult, but worthwhile. Research shows there are significant health and cognitive benefits. (Simulation in this image only, not actual theta.)

Are Somatic Experiencing and Mindulness meditation the same? No — but they are complimentary…

Where can we find the Buddha? Buddha can be found in our own mindspace as we meditate on Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Where is Buddha? Where are Purelands? Where is the most Sacred Place? “Your mind” is where you’ll find Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

A meditating austronaut. Meditaiton methods may well be life-saving in deep space travel.

10 ways Science aligns with Buddhist concepts: Science and Buddhism concur on method, openess, cosmology, temporal concepts and more

Wheel of Life. WIki Commons.

The Science of Reincarnation and Rebirth? The research into verified past lives claims

Buddha explored the multiverse 2500 years before Quantum physics developed similar concepts.

Buddha taught temporal cosmology, the multiverse and non-linear time — 2500 years ahead of modern science (and Marvel comics). How is this possible?

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gazes through a telescope. FPMT.

Scientific Buddhist? A spiritual path that aligns with science? Why science and logic enhances Buddhist practice

A man meditates in nature. Meditaiton has 10 recognized health benefits based on research.

Ten confirmed health and wellness benefits of meditation: the science of mindfulness, with 17 cited research studies

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Dependent Co-Arising Answers Most Arguments with Impeccable Logic: The Great Causes Discourse Maha-nidana Sutta

Where can we find the Buddha? Buddha can be found in our own mindspace as we meditate on Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

The observer conundrum in Buddhism and Quantum Physics: koans, erasers, soul-not-soul, and endless cycles of time

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Theta brainwaves in meditation for health and cognition benefits, and how to achieve through mindfulness, repetition, sound, visualization, mantra

A young monk plays a drum at Tawang Togya festival at a temple in Arunachel Pradesh India.

Drumming for Mindfulness — a simple way to calm the mind, remove stress and heal. Studies show drum meditation supports treatments of cancer, Parkinsons and depression.

The complex visualizations required in Vajrayana meditative methods, which can include holding detailed images for long periods of time, dramatically and immediately improve cognitive ability according to research from NUS.

Science: Research Indicates Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization Improve Cognitive Performance and May Be Promising For Degenerative Brain Disorders


Peer-Reviewed Science of Meditation: There are At Least 10 Reasons to Meditate: From Boosting Your Immune System to Increasing Cognitive Function

Dharma practice, and Loving Kindness (Metta Karuna) practice are the key antidote for anger — the biggest obstacle in Buddhist practice.

A Wheel With Eight Spokes: Why Picking and Choosing “Beliefs” — or “Revisionist” Buddha Dhama — Can Obstruct Your Buddhist Practice

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Scientific Buddhist: Peer Reviewed Studies — Buddhist Metta Loving Kindness Meditation Can Slow Aging —10 Benefits of Compassion

Matthieu Ricard is still smiling after a grueling, claustrophobic meditation session in an MRI. He is a monk participant in an extensive study on compassion's effect on happiness and health.

Scientific Buddhist: Healing meditation, prayer and mantras? Do they work — according to research? Can we turn to mantras for help?

A medically accurate depiction of the Vagus Nerve, the largest nerve in the body that is believed to be the mechanism by which meditation can affect the body.

The Science Of Your Center: The Vagus Nerve, Your Meditation Highway, And The Parasympathetic Nervous System; How Meditation Works Positively on the Body


Penetrating dualistic perception with the self-realized mind — and how to de-program a binary world

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The dream of rebirth: is reincarnation real?; if so, why don’t we remember our lives?; how can we prove it?; and other difficult questions

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Four Questions the Buddha Would NOT Answer and Why: Is the Cosmos Finite in Space?; Is the Universe Finite in Time?; Is the Self Different From Body?; Does the Buddha Exist After Death?

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The bridge between science and Buddhism, atoms and no atoms, theism and athiesm; Yidam deity meditation and the Cognitive Science of Tantra

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The Science Behind Stilling Your Mind With Mindfulness —– MRI Scans Show the Amygdala Shrinks While the Pre-Frontal Cortex Thickens

Sentient animals around the world feel happiness, pain and suffering. Here are two happy friends.

5 Ways Vegetarianism Could Save the World; 5 Buddhist Teachings and Teachers Recommending a Vegetarian Lifestyle; 5 Reasons it’s the Ethical Thing to Do

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The Science of Mantras: Mantras Work With or Without Faith; Research Supports the Effectiveness of Sanskrit Mantra for Healing — and Even Environmental Transformation

A growing group of scientists in consciousness studies theorize the mind as an energy-like field surrounding and separate from the body.

Buddha the first consciousness scientist? Science only now beginning to explore what Buddha taught 2500 years ago? Full excerpt from Surangama Sutra

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Great Minds Evolve Alike: the ancient wisdom of Buddha, Socrates and the Bible as a window into the evolution of society and the self

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Reconnecting with nature to reboot our “spiritual self” activates a feeling of self-transcendence

Matthieu Ricard is still smiling after a grueling, claustrophobic meditation session in an MRI. He is a monk participant in an extensive study on compassion's effect on happiness and health.

“Putting Compassion on the Scientific Map”: Compassion Boosts Happiness/Health; and Research Indicates That Practicing Buddhists Are Happier than Average.

Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions

Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveals Brain Health Benefits

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Research: “High levels of meat consumption is a major societal problem” — New Significant Data Shows That News Coverage of the Issue Strongly Influences Consumers to “Reduce” or “Eliminate” Meat.

According to peer-reviewed research, pain reduction and relief from depression are two major benefits of mindfulness meditation.

Research Indicates Meditation May be As Effective as Medicine for Depression (JAMA Psychiatry Journal): Taking a Buddhist Approach to Mental Health

A Buddhist monk shares a tender moment with a dog and monkey.

Prominent Scientists Declare “All Non Human Animals… Are Conscious Beings.” The Dalai Lama Protests Chicken Slaughter. An Orangutan Won Non-Human Rights Over Zoo Keeper. What Do the Teachers Say About Non-Human Compassion?

The hamburger factor. Countless hectares of forest is cleared each year to support the growing popularity of the hamburger.

Vegetarianism Should be a Global Priority: New Research from World Resources Institute Demonstrates Devastating Environmental Impact of Meat Industry

A typical ceremony with Chinese Buddhist monks.

Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path with 1.6 Billion or 22% of the World’s Population According to Some Recent Studies

The concept of clinging, suffering and karma are bound up in the cycle of rebirth in Buddhism.

Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

Farmers in China demonstrated that Buddhist mantras can help crops grow up bigger and healthier.

Buddhist Mantras Help Crops Grow — Increase Output by Fifteen Percent; Studies Reveal the Power of Mantras to Help Plants — People

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