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Friday, June 25, 2010

Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and Quantum Physics.

I have deleted the post on Buddhism and quantum physics because it appears that I didn't fully understand quantum physics before attempting this write-up. I apologize for any confusion that I might have created. I do still believe though that there is a strong connection between Buddhism and science.

-James R. Ure


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I wish you'd left it up but with your comments...if only because it's your personal understanding and perspective here that counts - your purpose (as I understand it) was never to define quantum physics for others, rather to allow others to experience your internal dialogue...hoping you'll repost!(with a disclaimer)

Nathan said...

Hi James,

This is an interesting issue, what to do with blog posts that demonstrate some sort of "failure." I've mostly opted to leave up the ones that were like this on my blog, but I know that sense of wanting to something down and think it's warranted in some cases.

One thing you might ask yourself is what were the motivations behind taking the post down? Maybe you know this already, but I've noticed for myself that sometimes, it's the challenge of those comments people leave that makes me want to retreat. I've been learning to stick with that uneasy feeling, and make how I respond a form of practice.

They call him James Ure said...

I just didn't want to misrepresent myself or confuse people. I feel that I owe it to my readers to be as accurate as I can with what I "teach" on Buddhism. One of the comments raised doubts in my mind about whether this post lived up to that.

I feel sad about it in a way because it took me a long time to research and write it up but I also don't want to lead people astray. I was worried that I might have done that and just decided to be safe and just take it down.

Now I feel guilty, and sad for not leaving it UP!! I am so discouraged now.

Sabio Lantz said...

Two comments

(1) Covering your mistakes
You should have left up the post and put addendum (a forward) explaining your mistake. Such admissions would be far more instructive than trying to cover mistakes worrying about "confusing people".

(2) Scampering after Legitimacy
All religions seek science to justify them. It is because science has so much status. And almost all bend over backwards straining themselves and over extending. It is sad, in many ways. They all want to ride on the status of science.

Here is an atheist site recently addressing how Islam has done that: Why do Muslims look for modern science in the Qur'an. I have corrected Liberal Christian sites that try to use "Entanglement" similarly. What all this speaks of is more about human cognitive biases than truth. I can't help but laugh at ourselves.

They call him James Ure said...

@Sabio...Yeah, you're right. guess I can't do anything right today. :(

Ja-Nae said...

I wish I had seen the post and the comments. I am sure that it would have opened a great debate.

Please consider reposting. :-)

Anonymous said...

Probably the most detailed and extensive book dealing with the interconnections between Buddhism and quantum physics is Quantum Buddhism: Dancing in Emptiness. More details at There is an article by the author in current (free online) issue of JCER (

graham smetham said...

If you want to know about the relationships between quantum physics and buddhist philosophy then you need a copy of my book

Quantum Buddhism: Dancing in Emptiness - Reality Revealed at the Interface of Quantum Physics and Buddhist Philosophy. Details can be found at


Graham Smetham

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