In the Dalai Lama’s continuing dialogue with Western science, I would not be surprised to read one day that neuroscientists have decided that Buddhism’s pure Mind or One Mind is not real. In other words, Buddhists have been deluded for over twenty-five centuries! Poor Buddhists, like the Dalai Lama, really don’t grasp the nature and function of mind/ consciousness that, in fact, mind is an epiphenomenon of the human brain.
The Scientific Method is what I presume the Zennist rails against, because "Western science" is a body of knowledge, and you can no more have a "dialogue" with a body of knowledge than you can have a war on drugs or terror.
And all the Scientific Method is good at is is measuring, observing, and testing hypotheses that are within the realm of that which can be verified by the Scientific Method. It's a closed system. Anything beyond that is metaphysics, as most of us scientific or not, in the Buddhist blogosphere get. While it's understandable why folks like Myers and Dawkins have the metaphysics they do - and as far as we can describe with words, there's always the possibility they're right1, as far as their being right is important - the Scientific Method is still a closed system.
The only reason the Dalai Lama admires the West is because the West is good at a few things like inventing (I have in mind Thomas Edison). Take the examples of fly screen, refrigerators, washing machines, radios, airplanes, ballpoint pens, to name just a few items among countless others.
The Zennist really ought to read my blog more. Or at least he ought have a dialog (Or is it dialogue? He ought to have at least one of them) with people who you know, respond and interact, even if only online. And just 'cause he doesn't, and evidently doesn't read Matt Taibbi either...
I give credit to the Dalai Lama for thinking a bit more about the West than refrigerators and such. Not entirely good and rosy and all that, but then again, I don't think about the "East" that way, either.
This is probably neither completely true or false, but it's the sort of statement that I'd hope Buddhists avoid making, because no matter how bone-headed a non-Buddhist can be, it detracts not one iota from the degree to which Buddhists can be bone-headed, including but not limited to yours truly.It is only the Buddhists who have dared to plumb the mystery of thought, itself, and behold its clear light substance. By doing so, they have declared the universe is only Mind; what we are perceiving, in other words, is mind phenomena. Unfortunately, the West has been derelict in this undertaking. Westerners see no benefit in seeing the clear light substance from which our thoughts are made from.
1. Note: In no way is this contradictory to my comments here, as I see it. That there can be something transcending and ecompassing my notion of "me" and "you" in no way invalidates the very real point that folks like Myers and Dawkins would make about all the historical bits about me and you stored away in our brains don't really exist after our deaths, except insofar as the ripples of cause and effect (you know, karma) perpetrate throughout space, time, beings, nonbeings, form and emptiness after said deaths.