Einstein, the greatest scientist of the 20th century said, ˇ§The
religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should
transcend a personal god and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering
both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a
religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural
and spiritual as a meaningful unity. If there is any religion
that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.ˇ¨
from New Discoveries in Space Physics
Buddhism is not a religion but an education about the
truth of life and the universe. Modern science has gradually
verified what Buddha Shakyamuni taught in the sutras (i.e.,
Buddhist texts). It would be interesting to contrast the
new physics discoveries about the universe with the statements
in the sutras. In this paper, we summarize some key discoveries
about the universe from Americaˇ¦s National Aeronautics
and Space Administrationˇ¦s (NASA)1 on-line cosmology literature.
in the natural sciences have brought about technological improvements,
producing many products which enhance our quality of life. In
other words, advance our technology has changed the way we live.
Now is the era of advanced information technology. Have breakthroughs
in science brought happiness to human? Buddhism emphasises the
spiritual life, whereas science explores the external phenomenon.
Is there a conflict between the two? Are advances in science
helpful or detrimental to Buddhism? As Buddhists, we should
be concerned about these questions. Tonight's religious activity
is an opportunity for all of us to delve into these questions.