Dharamshala: A group of Tibetan Buddhist scholars Tuesday said they are finalising a two-volume book on Buddhist Science with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a four-day meeting. Sooner or later, the team are going to make it available in English and 19 other languages to building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being.
The two-volume book on Buddhist Science- are based on the collections of Buddhist scriptures comprise an enormous and variety of ancient Indian Buddhist texts (scripture" and "canonical") including science of the mind and analytical meditation.
According to the scholars, several of the important questions that were discussed during the historic meeting that took place between Tibetan Buddhist scholars and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India, from 22-24 Sept.
It said that His Holiness and the Tibetan scholars "engaged in lively discussions ranging from whether to include textual quotations from the Kangyur and Tengyur in the body of the text, or whether to consign them to end-notes, what emphasis to give to certain points in the presentation and the pros and cons of different technical terms."
The Buddhist academic discussion was attended among others by an editorial board, led by Tromtok Rinpoche and invited guest Prof Samdhong Rinpoche and scholars. During the past few years, around 70 recruited Buddhist scholars were reading the Kangyur and Tengyur and collect references, later 10 Tibetan scholars were selected to compile these findings. Tromthok Rinpoche assisted by Yangten Rinpoche and Geshe Thubten Pelsang supervised the work. Geshe Thubten Jinpa read the preliminary draft.
The manuscript consists of ten chapters spread over two volumes, the first of which deals with objects of knowledge, while the second deals with the mind and the way it engages with objects,' according to the board. 'The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate expressed his great pleasur over the work of the Tibetan scholars for the final draft of a two-volume book on Buddhist Science,' said the editors.
"Since my childhood, I've had some interest in science, I had the opportunity to meet a variety of scientists after arriving in India. It is very good to make these important things available in texts," told the editorial board.
His Holiness said the scientific investigation proceeds by experiments on atoms and brain, realms of the universe and quantum physics,- similar to Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.'
Tromthok Rinpoche said that "His Holiness the Dalai Lama was very pleased with the discussion and had appreciated their work.
Tromthok Rinpoche, who is also abbot of the Namgyal Monastery based in Dharamshala told the Tibetan journalists that "the book in Tibetan language are ready to publish this year in Tibetan and soon be translated into English, Hindi, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian and other languages".
The core editorial team comprises more than 10 members, including three scholars each from the three largest Tibetan monasteries- Drepung, Garden and Sera, including overseas Tibetan scholars.
The two volumes texts on Buddhism will come out soon—the two of which will be the first Buddhist science translated into English—will share a common objective with modern science to serve humanity and create a better understanding of the world.
This achievement is essential for the preservation of Buddhism as a true science of the mind from Buddha-vacana and commentaries to the Buddhist teachings, can compliment modern science and help tackle the missing Science of consciousness studies.
The series explores the world of the Buddhist Science, conducting both deep-experimental and analytical research that is include a "General Outline, Objects of Knowledge, Time, Subtle Particles, and the Evolution and Destruction of the Universe and its Inhabitants. Chapters in the second volume include a General Presentation of the Mind, Mental Factors, How the Mind Engages with its Objects, Training the Mind and Training in Single-pointed Concentration and Analytical Meditation," according to the board.
"The two-volume book on Buddhism will be benefit not just for Buddhist followers but also scientists, researchers and non-believers who are studying all mental states," said the group of Tibetan scholars after meeting with His Holiness to review with their presentation.
"The book is just tells the sermons what Buddha has preached, We're creating a research platform that connects with the Buddhist Science, but it doesn't force readers to believe what Buddha had said. A third volume on Buddhist philosophy will explores the primordial Buddha- the ultimate reality, the emptiness-where all phenomena, pure and impure, are dissolved. This is the explanation taught by the Sutras and Tantras. said the editors.
"The achievements are the results of the great efforts made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as part of his three main commitments that His Holiness would like to see completed during his lifetime. The first of the three main commitments is the promotion of human values for example the values of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline," said Ven Thupten Yarphel, a Tibetan writer, who is an assistant to the board.
His Holiness has spoken about the importance of Buddhist science on many occasions, specially in 2010. "We can think of Buddhism in terms of three main categories - philosophy, science and religion. The religious part involves principles and practices that are of concern to Buddhism alone, but the Buddhist philosophy of interdependence as well as the Buddha science of mind and human emotions are of great benefit to everyone," including non -Buddhists and non - believers.