Contemplative traditions suggest that the world as we perceive it is the manifestation of a deeper, unseen process, that can be investigated through meditation and personal inquiry. To what extent can this fundamental level be studied scientifically? And what can this investigation tell us about the nature of reality and consciousness?
IONS Fellow and biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and Buddhist teacher Geshe Tenzin Namdak will discuss how science and contemplative traditions can tackle big questions regarding the nature of reality, the interconnectedness of all phenomena and the relation between consciousness and the material world.
The speakers will also touch upon David Bohm’s theory of implicate order and Dr. Sheldrake’s own hypothesis of formative causation, discussing the connections between these ideas and the insight achieved through contemplative practice.
After the dialogue, there will be plenty of time for questions and debate.