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「往生淨土」的科學玄談="Rebirth in a Pure Land" : An In-Depth Discussion from the Scientific Point of View
Author 釋如石 (著)=Shih, Ru-shi (au.)
Source 法光學壇=Dharma Light Lyceum
Volumen.6
Date2002
Pages37 - 58
Publisher法光佛教文化研究所=Fa-kuang Institute of Buddhist Studies
Publisher Url http://fakuang.org.tw/
Location臺北市, 臺灣 [Taipei shih, Taiwan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Language中文=Chinese
Keyword往生淨土=rebirth in a pure land; 量子力學=quantum mechanics; 相對論=theory of relativity; 複雜科學=the sciences of complexity; 天文學=astronomy
Abstract大乘佛典中有十方佛土的信仰。不過,此一信仰卻如《阿彌陀經》所說,是「一切世間難信之法」,特別是在當今科學昌盛的時代裡。本文嘗試從物理等科學的觀點來探討「往生淨土」的可能性,以及在未來無盡的時空中,此一信仰對於生命的淨化、提升和開展可能具有的意義與價值。自十七世紀以來,科學家從純「唯物」的立場出發,對人類及其周邊的生物和生存環境展開各種不同角度的研究。然而,晚近天文學、宇宙論、相對論、量子力學,乃至於混沌理論、複雜科學某些重要論點所蘊含的哲學理念,竟與傾向「唯心」的大乘般若思想、華嚴教義和淨土信仰不相抵觸,甚至不謀而合。這可以幫助我們更加肯定大乘信仰的難能可貴,以及大乘不離念佛與往生淨土的基本信念。

Belief in the existence of Buddhism lands in all directions can be found in Mahāyāna scriptures. This belief, however, is, as the Sukhāvatīvyūha puts it, "a teaching not easily accepted by all beings" which is the case especially in ours science dominated age. Thus the present paper adopts an approach from the viewpoint of modern sciences like physics while discussing the probability of "rebirth in a pure land" and the meaning and value, in terms of existential purification, elevation and development, which this belief holds for the endless expanse of future time and space.
Science the 17th century, scientists engaged in research on humankind, other forms of life and the environment purely from a " materialistic" point of view. However, some of the philosophical concepts found in modern astronomy, cosmology, relativity theory, quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the sciences of complexity do not contradict prajñāpāramitā thought, teaching of the Hua-yen school and belief in pure lands all of which belong to the Mahāyāna and show a tendency towards "idealism". Some ideas are even
identical. This helps us to confirm both the special qualities of Mahāyāna faith and the basic believes of "Mahāyāna being inseparable from mindfulness of the Buddha" and "rebirth in a land"
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