The ancient knowledge that underlies the Unity in Duality / Pratityasamutpada / Tendrel paradigm, which Tarab Tulku XI1 presented as an extract of the universal knowledge from the Sutras and Tantras, derives through Tibet’s academic culture from the Indian academic tradition of Nalanda. However, Indian academic tradition is said to have roots back 5.000 years into the ancient culture of the Indus Valley. This melting pot of ancient cultures seems to comprise also traces of insight and knowledge from Central Asia and maybe even from Western cultures of that time.
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”.
Questions to Tarab Tulku Rinpoche about the common basis of eastern wisdom tradition and western science, about their future collaboration, as well as about globalization and the consequences of an application of universal knowledge to personal development.
Question: What is your aim for the outcome of this conference?