Sunday, October 21, 2007

How a Western mind falls for "methodology" and "empiricism"

[In many respects, Buddhism is very much like science. One starts with the hypothesis that using attention in the prescribed way (meditation), and engaging in or avoiding certain behaviors (ethics), will bear the promised result (wisdom and psychological well-being). This spirit of empiricism animates Buddhism to a unique degree. For this reason, the methodology of Buddhism, if shorn of its religious encumbrances, could be one of our greatest resources as we struggle to develop our scientific understanding of human subjectivity." Sam Harris on Buddhism from Zaadz: ~C4Chaos' Blog (Crossposted from]

An unabashed confession of how a Western mind falls for "methodology" and "empiricism" even in matters that demands abandonment and living within. [TNM]

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