Perception and Reality (2023)

Cosmology & Consciousness VIII

October 29th to 30th, 2023
Sikyong Hall, Dharamsala
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Perception and reality have been a central theme in Buddhism, science, and many other philosophical traditions. This conference aimed to delve into the complex interplay between these concepts, drawing insights from the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, and the profound wisdom of the Buddhist tradition, particularly the concept of interdependence and two truths. We aimed to bring together experts and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue that can shed light on the intricate nature of perception and reality.

Day 1

Neuroscience, Perception and Consciousness
David E. Presti

The Four Seals of Buddhism
Geshe Lhakdor

What’s at stake in perceptually Discerning reality?
Kranti Saran

Disparity between our cognitive Perception and the nature of reality From Buddhist perspective.
Geshe Lodoe Sangpo

Day 2

Can quantum view help reduce self grasping?
Geshe Thabkhe

Quantum Mechanics and the Perception-reality dichotomy
Tenzin Rabga

Reduction of the gulf between reality and appearance: the foundation of Buddhist philosophy and spirituality.
Geshe Ngawang Samten

Perspectives on Pratyaksa and Pramana( means of Knowledge) in Classical Indian Philosophical thought.
Harsha Tsering Nagaraju

Kawa and Bhumpa
Karma Thupten