Posts Tagged ‘samsara’

Scientists glimpse universe before the Big Bang

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

A very interesting article recently appeared on the science news website which supports the Buddha’s observation that Samsara or “cyclic existence” is beginningless…   

Scientists glimpse universe before the Big Bang 

November 23, 2010 by Lisa Zyga

Black hole encounters would have repeated themselves several times, with the center of each event remaining at almost exactly the same point in the CMB sky, even when occurring in different aeons. The huge amounts of energy released would appear as spherical, low-variance radiation bursts in the CMB. Image credit: Gurzadyan and Penrose

In general, asking what happened before the Big Bang is not really considered a science question. According to Big Bang theory, time did not even exist before this point roughly 13.7 billion years ago. But now, Oxford University physicist Roger Penrose and Vahe Gurzadyan from the Yerevan Physics Institute in Armenia have found an effect in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) that allows them to “see through” the Big Bang into what came before.  


Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche III on the ultimate view

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This quote is from the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (1954-1992)

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

“What is free from birth, dwelling and cessation? It is the nature of mind. However, as long as one doesn’t recognise the nature of mind, one experiences samsara; if one does recognise it, one experiences nirvana. In other words, the way phenomena manifest depends on awareness. Nirvana is not obtained by overcoming samsara or putting an end to disturbing emotions in order to develop something else. On the contrary, one should look at the actual nature of the disturbing emotion and thus ‘self-liberate’ it and recognise its true nature. By holding this supreme view, one can understand reality, the suchness of all phenomena. If one achieves this realisation and fully recognises the basic nature of all phenomena, without struggling to give up samsara or attain nirvana, then everything becomes ultimate reality. Conceptual mind dissolves, along with (more…)