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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Quote For The Day by the Dalai Lama

May 13, 2009

The Atlantic
May 11, 2009

"As a child in Tibet, I was keenly curious about
how things worked. When I got a toy I would play
with it a bit, then take it apart to see how it
was put together. As I became older, I applied
the same scrutiny to a movie projector and an
antique automobile. At one point I became
particularly intrigued by an old telescope, with
which I would study the heavens. One night while
looking at the moon I realized that there were
shadows on its surface. I corralled my two main
tutors to show them, because this was contrary to
the ancient version of cosmology I had been
taught, which held that the moon was a heavenly
body that emitted its own light. But through my
telescope the moon was clearly just a barren
rock, pocked with craters. If the author of that
fourth-century treatise were writing today, I'm
sure he would write the chapter on cosmology differently.

If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong,
then Buddhism will have to change. In my view,
science and Buddhism share a search for the truth
and for understanding reality. By learning from
science about aspects of reality where its
understanding may be more advanced, I believe
that Buddhism enriches its own worldview," -- the Dalai Lama.
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