The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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356 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYINGmeaning of the absolute to the finite and the relative, from theDharmakaya, in other words, to the Nirmanakaya?AN UNFOLDING VISION OF WHOLENESSOne of the many ways in which the example of His Holinessthe Dalai Lama has inspired me has been in his unfailingcuriosity about, and openness to, all the various facets and discoveriesof modern science. 4 Buddhism, after all, is often called"a science of the mind," and as I contemplate the bardo teachings,it is their precision and vast, sober clarity that move meagain and again to awe and gratitude. If Buddhism is a scienceof the mind, then for me Dzogchen and the bardo teachingsrepresent the heart essence of that science, the innermostvisionary and practical seed, out of which a vast tree of interconnectedrealizations has flowered and will go on to flowerin ways that cannot now be imagined, as humanity continuesto evolve.Over the years and over many meetings with scientists ofall kinds, I have become increasingly struck by the richness ofthe parallels between the teachings of Buddha and the discoveriesof modern physics. Fortunately many of the major philosophicaland scientific pioneers of the West have also becomeaware of these parallels and are exploring them with tact andverve and a sense that from the dialogue between mysticism,the science of mind and consciousness, and the various sciencesof matter, a new vision of the universe and our responsibilityto it could very well emerge. I have been more andmore convinced that the bardo teachings themselves, withtheir threefold process of unfoldment, have a unique contributionto make to this dialogue.From all the possible alternatives, I would like to focus hereon one particular scientific vision, one that has especiallyabsorbed me—that of the physicist David Bohm. Bohm hasimagined a new approach to reality that, while being controversial,has inspired a great sympathetic response fromresearchers in all sorts of different disciplines: physics itself,medicine, biology, mathematics, neuroscience, psychiatry, andamong artists and philosophers. David Bohm has conceived anew scientific approach to reality based, as the bardo teachingsare, on an understanding of the totality and oneness ofexistence as an unbroken and seamless whole.The multidimensional, dynamic order he sees at work inthe universe has essentially three aspects. The most obvious

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