Someone just made me aware of this picture and I had to share it on my blog since I love these two individuals so much! They represent two of my biggest passions (Science-Astrophysics and Buddhism). Carl Sagan was a very famous scientist, Cornell Professor and the author of “Cosmos” and “Contact”, and of course everyone knows who The Dalai Lama is :). Apparently Carl and the DL met in different occasions several years ago to discuss some fascinating things about the universe. I want to share some excerpts from some of these interviews that I thought were fascinating and relevant to the way I understand the philosophy of Buddhism… (Boy!… how I’d have loved being a fly on the wall and to listen to what these two had to say about these galaxies they are looking at).
In the short segment shown of their conversations, Sagan asked the Dalai Lama about his beliefs in God and what he as a Buddhist would do if a discovery in science conflicted with Buddhist doctrine. The Dalai Lama replied that even Buddha was said to question his teachings and that Buddhists rely on doctrine as “findings” rather than as “scripture.”
“If thorough investigation things become clear, only then is it time to accept and believe,” he said.
“So is there no conceivable scientific finding that would make you no longer consider yourself a Buddhist?” Sagan responded.
The Dalai Lama said there would be no point at which his spirituality and his respect for science would come at such odds with each other. “Buddhism is not so much a religion, but a ‘science of the mind’ or an ‘inner science’ … there is much benefit to learning from [scientists’] findings,” he explained.
You can read more about these meetings here: