Gangtok, 04 Oct (IPR): Three-daylong International Conference on Observation & Reality (Cosmology & Consciousness) was inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad, who is also the president of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT) Sikkim at Chintan Bhawan today.
The conference was jointly organized by Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharmasala (LTWA) and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok.
Resource persons for the conference were LTWA Director, Mr. Geshe Thabkhe, Professor Theodore Hodapp, Mr. Anil Ananthaswamy, Ven. Khenpo Chowang, Dr. Areeya Chantasri, Prof. Ian Durham and Prof. Howard Wiseman.
The main aim of the programme is to bring together internationally based scientists in dialogue with 30 Buddhist monastic scholars. The conference was connected to a four-weeklong workshop that trained 30 monastic scholars in a first time introductory science course which took place from 03-28 September 2018. During the workshop, the monastic’s represented several different Buddhist traditions and monasteries within Sikkim who would also be participating in the conference panel discussions and question & answers sessions during the three-daylong conference.
While addressing the International Conference on Observation and Reality (Cosmology & Consciousness), the Governor expressed his delight to be the part of such an informative and educational programme. Being president of the organization, he thanked the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala) and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok for organizing such workshop on science and consciousness.
“It is my pleasure to meet all of you on the occasion of the inauguration of the three-day conference on Science and Consciousness Observation and Reality. I am happy to see that scholars and scientist from India and abroad have come together to discuss such topics and this observation and reality will be very much beneficial for all participants and supervisors,” the Governor said.
He said that finding reality has become an important part of both philosophy and science to solve various problems of life. Stating that it is a matter of happiness that 30 senior Buddhist monks of Darjeeling and Sikkim have gone through the subject of science, he stated that it is a matter of pride for Sikkim to conduct such a conference and hoped that it will be useful to students, academician, scholars and the general public.
The Governor said that the capacity of the human brain is unlimited and to understand the many elements of this entire universe along with science and spiritual knowledge is absolutely essential. This knowledge is used for human well-being and for the upliftment of humanity, he added. He also hoped that this workshop would prove useful to the young researchers and common students and he welcomed all the participants from outside the State and wished them a memorable stay in Sikkim.
Earlier, LTWA Director, Geshe Thabkhe, in his keynote address, briefed about Cosmology and Consciousness VII–Philosophy and Physics and said that it a conference that convenes Buddhist scholars, Western and Indian scientists in a 3-day dialogue to promote the integration of spiritual values and scientific investigations. It also supports new learning at the frontiers of Science and Buddhism. This three-day cross-cultural exchange tackles on how the experimental evidence of modern physics intersect with Buddhist conceptions of causations, the observer and how the act of observation influence our measurements in nature. The monastics and scientist alike, both steward traditions that strongly encourages dialogue and the open exchange of ideas, he added.
Vote of thanks for the inaugural session was delivered by NIT Director, Mr. Tashi Densapa.