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Mind Or Matter? Scientific Materialism and Its Discontents

by Viryadeva (2022)

In this series of three workshops, Viraydeva will unpack a fundamental Buddhist idea: the world as we know it is determined not by objective facts, but by the mind. Drawing on his recent conversation with philosopher Bernardo Kastrup, Viryadeva guides us beyond the maze of our in-built assumptions about reality, into the heart of Buddhist wisdom. In this session, he tries to clarify and draw out the implications of our society's default view: scientific materialism. He tries to show how, while this view is powerful and compelling, it has implications - philosophical and practical - that are hard to accept... as Buddhists, but also as human beings.