Back to listAug 29, 2009

SGI-Chile Youth Hold Seminar on Science and Buddhism

On August 29, 2009, SGI-Chile youth members held a seminar on science and Buddhism at the SGI-Chile Culture Center in Santiago, and welcomed astronomer Faviola Molina as a guest speaker. Prof. Molina received her Bachelors Degree in Physics from the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, acquiring her Masters Degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

At the seminar, Prof. Molina spoke about the Big Bang theory and important scientific observations made throughout history. She also introduced the similarities between theories of physics and ancient Buddhist beliefs regarding the workings of the universe, such as between the scientific and Buddhist conception of the law of cause and effect. Whereas science traditionally accepts a "materialistic" view of the principle of causality, Buddhism sees cause and effect as not only limited to things and events that can be seen or measured. Rather, it includes unseen or spiritual aspects of life, such as the experience of various life states, some of which are characterized by happiness, anger, cruelty or kindness.

[Adapted from a report on the SGI-Chile website]