Ancient knowledge and Western science
Already in the 1930ies and 1940ies a well-known Tibetan scholar, Gendün Chöpel, expresses the view that there are important links between science and the ancient knowledge or wisdom of Buddhism. After Gendün Chöpel travelled in India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he wrote a book about his encounters. In it he mentioned that there was a Buddhist Pandhita living in Sri Lanka, who gained incredible faith in Buddhism only after he had studied Western science. Apparently the Pandhita had said that “Buddhism and Western Science go hand in hand”, and that “if they run together, they will support each other”, and “that they can even make great leaps together”.