Ji Ko Ji Jikoji Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, phone: (408) 741-9562

JIKOJI WINTER PRACTICE PERIOD

Science and Buddhism Discussions, Ongoing

The discussion group meets monthly on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, for all or part.

Designated experts introduce the topic, followed by questions and open discussion. An optional short period of zazen and a potluck or leftovers supper may follow.

Each meeting concludes with a selection of the following meeting's topic and schedule, and the invitation of one or more “experts” appropriate to the selected topic.

Suggested Readings, and Talks

Suggested readings include the comparative parallel explorations of science, theologies and Buddhist thought. Many web sites dedicated to materials on Science and Religion are linked by Counterbalance

Copies of recommend books and articles may be on the coffee table in the living room of Jikoji's community building.

Please join us!

Prior Topics Discussions

Audio recordings of the discussions are posted on Jikoji's Audio Dharma Talks Site
  1. Feb 23: Modern Stress, and Dukkha
  2. March 2: Psychology: Ego, and Anatta
  3. March 9: Consciousness and Anicca
  4. March 16: Truth and Other Ideals, and the Unknowable
  5. March 23: Cosmology and Buddhist Theology
  6. March 30: Biology: Life, and our Future
  7. April 6: Modern Developments in Science and Religions: Paradigms, Methods, Practices

Feb 23: Stress, and Dukkha

Dharma Talk at Jikoji by Dr. James Hutt, psychologist, with Shoho Michael Newhall, Stress, January 19 2014.

Surviving Anxiety is a recent "coming out" article on Stress by the editor of Atlantic magazine, Scott Stossel. Also note This Is Anxiety, another editor's selections from about 40 poignant responses from Stossel's readers. Louis Menand's "The Prisoner of Stress" is a review of Stossel's book, in the New Yorker magazine, January 27 2014, pp. 64-68. If time permits, also read Stossel's book "My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind", Knopf, 2014.

Searching the web, e.g., "Stress", "Dukkha" "Stress Reduction" and/or "Stress Dukkha" is an interesting exercise, with thousands of recent links to puruse. Thoreau's "Most men live lives of quiet desparation" comes to mind in connection with Stress, and Dhukka.

March 2: Psychology: Ego, and Anatta

March 9: Consciousness and Anicca

March 16: Truth and the Unknowable in Science, Math and Religions

No advance reading is necessary, however web searches provide many intriguing insights, particularly on Platonic Ideals and Aristotle. For physics and metamathematical perspectives, see Aleksahdar I Zecevic's Books: Truth, Beauty, and the Limites of Knowledge; A Path from Science to Religion, and The Unknowable and the Counterintuitive, The Suprising Insights of Modern Science.

March 23: Cosmology and Buddhism

Check out the new TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane, Sundays at 9 pm on Fox TV.

March 30: Biology: Life, Nanotechnology, and our Future

Suggestions for consideration and searching: What is Life?, Nature vs natural, Evolution, Species, Sentient, Competition vs Compassion, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology in Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics. See also Foreign Affairs magazine, Nov.-Dec 2013 article "Biology's Brave New World".

Following the Dalai Lama, discussions likely will focus on sentient beings, us, and the future.

April 6: Modern Developments in Science and Religions: Paradigms, Methods, Practice

Fritof Capra and David Steindl-Rast, with Thomas Matus, Book: Belonging to the Universe, Harper Publishers, San Francisco, and particular its first chapter, Science and Theology. "The trailblazer of new science and a contemporary Thomas Merton investigate the parallels between new paradigm thinking in science and religion that together off er a remarkably compatible view of the universe."

Further Thoughts, Alternate Topics


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