by K.G. Justin de Silva


The knowledge that I gained from Buddhism made me realize that I am a lone traveler in “Samsara.” This very understanding has helped me to overcome emotion in the daily matters of life such as gain, Loss, status, censure, praise & pain.

We often incorrectly believe that Lord Buddha preached a dhamma ( a description of causations) which explains only the vagueness and vanity of life as suffering. It is necessary to understand that Buddhism not only explains the values of life and the purpose of life, but also the values of beings and the environment too. This is where Buddhism becomes a philosophy. All effects are reasoned by a cause.

“Tripitaka” is a store of Knowledge in Dhamma that Lord Buddha explained to his disciples. Tripitaka is what is explained and advocated as dhamma for those who received such sermons as and when the conditions for such explanations arose. Hence more than what is revealed there remains so much more not revealed to the world.

One of the most important sermons by Lord Budda was made to the Kalamas, which emphasizes the importance of free inquiry. It is here explained not to go about by beliefs with repeated hearing and the importance of doubt necessary for inquiry, and not to believe reasons of tradition, but to dwell on matters understood with wisdom on worldly matters with a mind free of greed (lobha), hatred (delusion) (Dosa), and ignorance (Moha).

(Anguttara Nikaya,Tika Nipata, Mahavagga (sutta 65)

Hence a comparison of the Dharma we have listened to as sermons, or the Dharma we are reading or the Dharma we have discussed , are to be realized through proper self inquiry mostly by meditation.(Meditation here is not meant to be seated with a contemplative mind , but a concentrated analyses of moment to moment activity) Without meditation, realization of Dharma is an impossible task.

Buddhism often analyses the socio economic patterns of the people and the degradation of the Dharma by reasons of greed, hatred and delusion as the world keeps and continues on. Buddhism also explains the evolution of beings, with time and the degradation of social values with escalation of suffering with escalation of emotions based on attachments.

These two factors are well explained in Vasetta Sutta and Agganna Sutta.

It is my intention to discuss the connection between Karma and the process of the world.(Kammana vattathi Loko)

A comparison of the word of Buddha and the word of scientist on Climate change.

Not all on this earth accept the words of the Buddha on living. But the words of the scientists as geo bio scientists are more in tune with the western population on Bio diversity , climatic behaviours on sentient beings and humans.

Therefore let me introduce the name of a Russian – Soviet Minerologist by the name Vladimir Vernadski. His fields of scientific study were Geology, Crystallography, Minerology, geo chemistry . He died in 1945 after he had made studies in Bio diversity and the relationship between the earth and the beings.

Summaraly, his studies introduced that all beings on this earth are subject to Gaseous functions (produce Nitrogen,Oxygen, Carbon dioxide, Precpitations of Calcium salts, Reducung complex combinations to their pure forms, Accumulating, dispersed Chemicals, Combustion to liberate Water, Carbon dioxide, & Nitrogen , Function of reducing organic compounds, Metabolism and respiration and Migration of organic compounds.

I need not explain that the functions specified above by Scientist Vladimir, is carried on with Nutrition of beings along with eating and drinking (water or fluids) mainly.

This fact 2600 years ago was explained by Lord Buddha on the principle of nama rupa. Nama meaning the activity of the mind and rupa meaning form or say material formations. Lord budda explained that all matter are composed of Patavi , Apo, Tejo, Vayo with Aksa as space.

Patavi is hardness or inertia. Apo is cohesion, or friction, Vayo is vibration fluidity and wind element, and Tejo is radiation and convection of heat.

The manner of combination of mind and matter (nama rupa) is explained by Lord Buddha in Paticca samuppada translated as cause and effect of mind and matter cominations. (See Buddha Sutta SN 12.2)

Any person who need elaborated study may refer to Paticca samuppada well explained in Buddhism.

We can now understand that what the modern science emphasizes on Bio diversity has been well touched by Lord Buddha.

Buddhism has laid down 5 precepts for human beings to protect the earth and fellow humans. These are

If a person adheres to these five precepts the activities of Humans are sure to protect the environment. Even a child should be able to understand this fact.Though there are other suttas which explains the need of morals to explain the combination of mind and matter , I shall stop on this matter leaving the reader to explore its value in science.

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