For 40 years His Holiness has been conducting regular dialogues with Western scientists, especially with experts in the fields of neurosciences and physics. The purpose of these dialogues is, firstly, to extend human knowledge, not only in the material field, such as the human consciousness, but also the inner space of our minds, and, secondly, through exploring such phenomena as a calm mind, to promote human happiness. At the wish of His Holiness, also Tibet Center will become such a place of research, encounter and scientific exchange.
With Mr Gert Scobel moderating, Prof Dr Anton Zeilinger, Prof Dr Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Dr Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch made their presentations, which explored aspects of quantum physics, Madhyamaka philosophy and psychoanalysis. In the afternoon session of the Science symposium, Prof Dr Michael von Brück and Prof Dr Wolf Singer gave informative presentations on how the mind understands the structure of reality and the search for neuronal correlates of consciousness.
As the symposium came to an end, His Holiness expressed his appreciation, “Over the 30 or 40 years that I have been acquainted with scientists, I have noticed how many of them are acutely aware of the limitations of their knowledge. It is a good quality to recognize that our scope for learning is vast. They display an open-mindedness that is really admirable.”
Photos: Tibet Center / Tenzin Choejor