“If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?

“If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?

Question by Thura Awng: “If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?
How do you think that statement?

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/01/monks-at-play-science-in-progr.html

Best answer:

Answer by Hiratoru
First, Buddhism is not a religion. It is a lived philosophy as it has no god or supreme being, no anthropomorphic deity, it is a not a practice of a judgmental nature so it does not condemn and it excludes no one.

The practice of Buddhism is based on that which one has reliably and verifiably experienced personally in his or her own lived life experience.

In such a case and situation, when new facts are discovered or arise, one must then change his or her understanding so that the same agrees with the facts rather than denying the facts and retreating into ignorance.

In this manner, this lived philosophy follows the example of modern science which adjust to new discoveries and facts so as to related and deal effectively with what is rather than how one might wish things to be.

This allows Buddhism and the practice of the same to freely adapt to life as life progresses.

namaste

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  1. Joe NSep 12, 2011

    Here’s a more complete quote.

    “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description .. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”
    – Albert Einstein

    Here’s my favorite Buddha quotation.

    Imagine how much better things would be if everyone followed this simple advice.

    “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
    Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many.
    Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
    Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
    Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
    But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
    – Buddha

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