Buddhism is a Science of the Mind | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage
Ajahn Dhammasiha points out that Dhamma is not something we simply have to belief, to take on blind faith. Instead, all the teachings of the Buddha are open to investigation, and can be verified in our own experience.
In fact, the Buddha himself encouraged thorough investigation of his teaching. He himself said that experiential, true knowledge is superior to faith, and he is leading us to gain this experiential knowledge.
The hallmark of true sience is that it can be reproduced: Once a scientist publishes the experiments and results of his research in a scientific magazine, other scientists do not have to decide based on faith whether he's right or wrong. If they set up exactly the same experiment, and if they then get exactly the same results, they will KNOW that the proposed theory is true.
The teachings of the Buddha have been verified millions of times over the last 2,500 years by the personal experience of those who have realized the stages of awakening.
However, even if we're not yet at the stage in our practice where we can verify the full extend of the Buddha's insight, we can start by checking out some of the basic teachings:
For instance, the Buddha claimed that good karma, like generosity, is synonymous with happiness.
We can just try it out - let's do some kind, good and generous action, and then find out in personal experience what it feels like!
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