Buddhism is a Science
The science of awareness
We can call it a religion or philosophy if we wish,
but Dzogchen is awareness itself.
The science is the end product.
The dictionary definition of science: “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment”.
In other words, investigation and realisation.
Science has to agree that, in order for observation to take place, there has to be an observer. But this is where it stops and Buddhism takes over. Buddhism looks at the very nature of the scientist, a nature that can be either tainted or untainted: we have to recognise that we are both impure and pure consciousness.
Things and people have only a seeming reality, a conventional reality, a programmed reality. A programme is a planned series of future events that is pre-written by our karma. It may seem that we can change the programme, but we are merely changing the programme; we have to break out of the programme – the scientist has to be removed from the result. Buddhism looks at the nature of karma so as to recognise this bias and thereby, through recognition, uncovers the pure science of awareness or consciousness.
Dictionary definitions are useful, but sometimes they lead us astray.
Reality: “the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.”
This very definition limits human understanding. From the Buddhist perspective, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’ would mean that things are empty of reality as they are impermanent, being created by causes and conditions. They have no reality as they are not constant. We believe in a false reality because we are brought up as consumers, and our ‘things’ are important to us; it is this that gives rise to the bias in our minds.
Reality is not something we can get-our-head-around because we are using a tainted mind.
We have to resolve the very nature of mind – the untainted, pure consciousness. Then we know what is real, and what is seemingly real. If we live within a belief system, we are living in a false reality. This realisation is a bit of a shock … or at least, it’s very annoying.
Buddhist science proves that no ‘thing’ is real. Things are empty of any true existence, and the observer is also empty of any true existence. In the final analysis, pure awareness cannot be said to exist or not exist. There is merely pure awareness in the moment, now, without time for analysis. That can come later, upon reflection. There is no activity to confirm truth, because pure awareness is truth itself. One cannot rest in pure awareness while constantly trying to confirm it. There is no such thing as truth – just awareness of that fact.