Interdependence and the Nature of Reality

Interdependence and the Nature of Reality

Science & Wisdom LIVE Talk

“Interdependence and the Nature of Reality: a Dialogue across Science and Contemplative Traditions.”

About this Talk
Contemplative traditions suggest that the world as we perceive it is the manifestation of a deeper, unseen process, that can be investigated through meditation and personal inquiry. To what extent can this fundamental level be studied scientifically? And what can this investigation tell us about the nature of reality and consciousness?

Biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and Buddhist teacher Geshe Tenzin Namdak will discuss how science and contemplative traditions can tackle big questions regarding the nature of reality, the interconnectedness of all phenomena and the relation between consciousness and the material world.

Our speakers will also touch upon David Bohm’s theory of implicate order and Dr. Sheldrake’s own hypothesis of formative causation, discussing the connections between these ideas and the insight achieved through contemplative practice.

About Our Speakers:
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of ninety technical papers and eight books, including The Science Delusion, and the co-author of six books. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge and philosophy at Harvard. As a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he was Director of Studies in cell biology, and was also a research fellow of the Royal Society. He worked in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and also lived for two years in the Benedictine ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths on the bank of the river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for the study of unexplained human and animal abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California and of Schumacher College in Dartington, England. He lives in London. His web site is www.sheldrake.org.

Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher having graduated in hydrology from Van Hall Larenstein University, The Netherlands. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University, South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe program at Sera Jey in 2017 and the traditional one year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College in January 2019, the first Westerner to do so. Because of his deep interest and background in science and as a member of Sera Jey’s Education Department he spoke on and organized various dialogues and conferences on contemporary science and ancient contemplative wisdom of the mind and its philosophy. Currently, he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches worldwide.

About Science & Wisdom LIVE:
Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.

Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.

Find Out More: www.sciwizlive.com

How to Join

Register here

and join the conversation LIVE on Zoom! You will receive a link via email after registering for the event on Eventbrite. After the dialogue, there will be plenty of time for questions and debate.

Reality Unfolding – A conversation with Prof Basil Hiley on Bohmian Physics

Prof Basil Hiley on Bohmian Physics
Science & Wisdom LIVE presents Reality Unfolding – A conversation with Prof. Basil Hiley on Bohmian Physics.

About this Event

A long-term collaborator of David Bohm, Basil Hiley is a Professor Emeritus of London University and one of the foremost theoretical physicists of our times.

Together with Bohm, he worked on the deep philosophical questions of quantum physics, trying to shed light on the invisible processes that give rise to our reality.

The main idea behind their work, summarised in ‘The Undivided Universe’, is that reality as we perceive it is just a surface phenomenon, emerging from a deeper underlying order. Similarly, Buddhism and other contemplative traditions point to the existence of an invisible, more fundamental level of reality that can be investigated through meditation.

In this online Science & Wisdom LIVE event, Prof. Hiley will enter in conversation with Scott Snibbe, host of the podcast ‘A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment’. They will discuss Prof. Hiley’s collaboration with David Bohm and the similarities between scientific understanding and contemplative insight. The dialogue will compare different interpretations of quantum mechanics and how they can provide us with a deeper understanding of our mind, life, and reality.

About Science & Wisdom LIVE:
Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.

Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.

Find Out More: www.sciwizlive.com

How to Join

Register here

Join the conversation LIVE on Zoom! You will receive a link via email after registering for the event. After the dialogue, there will be plenty of time for questions and debate

Encounters between monks and scientists: a study of analytical meditation

Science Wisdom Live
Science & Wisdom LIVE new talk with Neuroscientist Dr. Marieke van Vugt.
She explores the science behind analytical meditation and her research work with Tibetan monks in India

About this Event

Science & Wisdom LIVE brings meditation practitioners in conversation with scientists to find new solutions to the problems of contemporary society.

Dr. Marieke van Vugt is an assistant professor at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) of the University of Groningen (Netherlands). The research in Dr. van Vugt’s lab focuses on how, when and why we mind-wander, and what the fundamental cognitive operations are that underlie meditation and mindfulness.

Most recently, she started to investigate how analytical meditation practiced by Tibetan monks and nuns affects cognition and emotion. She addresses these questions using a combination of computational modeling, neuroscience, and experimental psychology tools. She very much enjoys projects were science, art (particularly classical ballet), and contemplation meet.

Encounters between Tibetan monks and Western scientists: a study of analytical meditation

In her talk, Dr. van Vugt will introduce analytical meditation and debate as practiced by Tibetan monks in India and describes the meeting between Buddhist and Western science of the mind taking place in a Tibetan monastery.

She will present her initial findings about how analytical meditation and debate are associated with changes in EEG activity, discussing the impact of meditation on brain activity.

Come and join us for an interesting evening, full insights and wonder! We’ll have time for questions from the public after the talk.

About the Organiser

Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.

Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.

Find Out More: www.sciwizlive.com

Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: A Humanist Perspective

Artificial Intelligence
Join this first Science & Wisdom LIVE talk of 2021 with Dr. Marco Schorlemmer!

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: A Humanist Perspective

AI services are rapidly spreading everywhere. What effect will this have on humanity? How can we harness the potential of AI and use it to improve human intelligence and creativity?

Through data processing, AI can do tasks that human beings do through their creative intelligence, sense-making and understanding, leading to the metaphor of ‘intelligent machines’. The ability to process large amounts of data is enormously beneficial in the age of information, to the point that AI can even predict and influence human behaviour.

In this webinar, Dr. Schorlemmer will analyse the difference between artificial and human intelligence, differentiating between information, knowledge and data. He explores the multi-dimensional nature of human intelligence and argues in favour of “a mature and harmonious socially embodied intelligence, based on universal lifelong education”.

The presentation will be followed by an open discussion with the speaker.

Come and join us for an interesting evening, full insights and wonder!

About the Speaker

Dr. Marco Schorlemmer is a Tenured Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) of the Spanish National Research Council and a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).

About the Event Organiser

The dialogue between scientific knowledge and contemplative wisdom has the potential to catalyse growth, resilience and positive change.

Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre, bringing together scientists and contemplative practitioners of all faiths to address our society’s biggest challenges. Through dialogue and inquiry, it promotes the ideas of societal wisdom – the skilful use of our knowledge and experience to foster individual and collective well-being.

Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.

Find Out More: www.sciwizlive.com

How to Join

Please register ahead on Eventbrite to receive the zoom link

Destructive Emotions and Distorted Perceptions | Science & Wisdom Live

We are happy to present the new project supported by Jamyang Buddhist Centre “Science and Wisdom Live” and the first talk with Geshe Tenzin Namdak.

You can book your ticket on Eventbrite

Special Guests: Dr.Elena Antonova, Dr.Wendy Hasenkamp, Father Laurence Freeman and Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak.

About the Talk
Science & Wisdom LIVE brings meditation practitioners in conversation with scientists to find new solutions to the problems of contemporary society.

During this first Science & Wisdom LIVE dialogue, two scientists and two meditative practitioners discuss the topic of ‘Destructive Emotions and Distorted Perceptions’.

About Science & Wisdom LIVE

Science & Wisdom LIVE is a project of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre, supported by Mind & Life Europe.

Each dialogue explores the middle ground between science and contemplative wisdom, focusing on themes such as the ethics of artificial intelligence, gender equality, climate change, and the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for mental health.

You can book your ticket on Eventbrite

Find Out More: www.sciwizlive.com