Spiritual teachings are not easy for humans to incorporate into their lives because they require real introspection — a real path to “Know Thyself” and understand that just because one follows a particular teacher doesn’t mean they are living the teachings. There is a huge difference. Quantum physics has a lot in common with Buddhism in that the quantum physicists now understand that reality isn’t what we think it is. Nothing is external from one’s mind. All is created in the mind, by the mind and nothing has any inherent existence from its own side (as Buddhists phrase it). The only thing we are capable of transforming is our own minds.

Spiritual teachings as well as teaching of today’s many quantum physicists who give us a scientific understanding of the scientific side of Buddhism, can help us understand that the world we live in and engage in is not what we think it is. We are only responsible for our own actions — that is karma. We are not responsible for the actions of others. If we each and every one take responsibility for our own actions, have the intent to create in ourselves kindness and care for others, that energy will impact the world which each of us create for ourselves. There are Buddhists who know the teachings of the Buddha but do not live the teachings, just as there are Muslims who know the teachings but choose to live an adulterated form of the teachings — one that allows them to cater to their egoistic ideals of what the world “out there” needs to be like. Christians down through the ages have also been guilty of this, e.g. the Inquisitions, the slaughter of the Cathars, etc.

If one truly lives the teachings of Buddhism — which is actually a philosophy of life, not really a “religion” in the way we in the West think of it — then the teachings of the Buddha offer a better way, a more scientific way of understanding what is “out there” and why our attachment to it causes so much suffering.

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I am a freelance journalist for business and industry publications; a writer of essays covering the spiritual, philosophical and scientific areas.

I am a freelance journalist for business and industry publications; a writer of essays covering the spiritual, philosophical and scientific areas.