Moscow Host Conference on Buddhism and Science [Friday, 17 September 2010, 4:13 p.m.]
Moscow: A group of leading Buddhist scholars and scientists participated in a round-table conference held at the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow on 10 September 2010. The conference was jointly organised by Center for Oriental Philosophies Studies, Journal Buddhism of Russia, Kalmyk Buddhist Temple and Tibet Culture & Information Center.Two keynote speakers – Prof. Alan Wallace, Buddhist scholar and president of Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, and Prof. M.B. Mensky, Russian scientist at Russian Academy of Sciences – spoke on “The Role of Consciousness in the natural world: Buddhist and Scientific Views” and “Parallel realities in the quantum world and the quantum concept of consciousness” respectively.It was followed by dialogue on spirituality and science, which was participated by several leading Russian experts, including Prof. V.V. Ivanov, Dr. Prof. A.A. Gusseinov, Dr. O.V. Rudenko, Dr. V.S. Styopin, Dr. V.A. Lektorsky and Dr. A.A. Terentyev. The participants from the Buddhist community were Telo Tulku Rinpoche, Head of Kalmyk Temple, Geshe Ngawang Thugje, Dharma teacher at Moscow based Tibet Center, and Dr. Andrey Terentyev, Editor of Journal “Buddhism of Russia”.His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative Nawang Rabyal, in his greeting and opening speech, said: “His Holiness the Dalai Lama has shown a keen interest in sciences and had initiated a dialogue between the modern science and Buddhism. Since 1987 His Holiness has had participated in 20 conferences of mind and life on understanding the nature of reality and promoting human well-being. His Holiness believes that science and Buddhism share a common objective to serve humanity and create a better understanding of the world.”.