Taiwanese Nobel laureate attends dialogue with Dalai Lama

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Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh (left)

Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh (left)

Taipei, Nov.1 (CNA) A group of Taiwanese scientists led by Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) attended the opening ceremony of a three-day dialogue on quantum mechanics in Buddhism with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India Thursday.

Having discussed similar issues with scientists from the West and India on various occasions over the decades, the Dalai Lama in his opening remarks said this would be the first time he has engaged in such a dialogue with scientists mainly from the Chinese community.

The Dalai Lama went on to say that he hoped the dialogue would serve two purposes -- expand the field of scientific research to include the study of the inner mind and promote the role of compassion, which some scientists believe is basic human nature, in the development of scientific research.

All religions carry the message of love, forgiveness, tolerance, and self-discipline, but religion has limited impact in promoting the inner values of humanity, partly because it is often used to create division or to justify killing, the Dalai Lama said.

Different cultures and environments also have varying effects on people's receptiveness to the message conveyed by religions, he said.

People would find compassionate human nature more convincing if it was based on scientific findings rather than religion, the Dalai Lama said.

Science means investigating reality without being content with belief in an approach similar to Buddhist teaching that emphasizes experiment and not belief, the Dalai Lama said.

In his remarks Lee mentioned the challenge of global warming and the social responsibility of scientists, adding that he has spent much of his time working on this issue because he worries very much about the future of humanity.

The dialogue offers a great opportunity for scientists to learn from the Dalai Lama through discussions on quantum-mechanics, from the discovery of quantization, quantum-mechanics, humanity and religion, Lee said.

In response to Lee, the Dalai Lama said a friend once warned him about science, saying that science is the "killer of religion," but he disagreed.

The view held by his friend was inconsistent with a Buddhist statement in which Buddha told monks and scholars that they should not accept his words simply out of devotion and reverence, but only after having examined the ideas and tested them out, the Dalai Lama said.

The dialogue is being held at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m local time from Nov. 1-3. The group of scientists is composed of Taiwanese and Chinese scientists in quantum physics.

Lee will attend the dialogue on Nov. 3 with the Dalai Lama on the topic of challenges and opportunities for a sustainable planet.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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