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Lions Roar : September 2005
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2005 93 considerations would be given to the church. The yogi knows that this is not actually possible. Knowledge brings power. As a scientist, you have the power, but you should also know the value of interconnectedness. When the genetic researcher Eric Lander was in dialogue with the Dalai Lama, he was struck when the Dalai Lama asked about the intention behind it all. Science has an ethic of leav- ing intention out of the picture, but with the nuclear problem and biotechnology, we find ourselves with moral dilemmas that our Enlightenment worldview is not fully able to handle. “Our knowledge cannot be so object- oriented. In contemplative traditions like Buddhism, knowledge is insight-orient- ed. You don’t ingest units of knowledge; you transform how you see reality. If we educated people in a way that trans- formed their experience rather than just filled them with information, it would be an enormous help, but we tend not to. We have examples in the West, such as Goethe’s attempt to develop a contem- plative science of insight, but the Buddhists have been doing it that way for a couple thousand years.” ELEANOR ROSCH is skeptical about the Buddhism and science dialogue. She thinks it may be heading in an unhelpful direction. “For many it’s not a dialogue,” she says. “There’s a frenzy about this kind of thing. I get frequent e-mails from peo- ple who want to study meditation from the scientific point of view so they can ‘get rid of all that mystical Eastern stuff and find out what’s really going on’—by which they mean neurons firing in the brain and similar functions. Then there are Buddhists who want to ‘prove’ that meditation ‘works.’ Often research shows more about the preconceptions of the researchers and audience than it does about the mind. For example, what metaphysical beliefs might you harbor that would make you wildly excited to learn that when people pay attention in Two Sciences of Mind continued from page 43