"If you know any couples who can't live with each other and can't live apart, then you have a good head start on understanding the relationship between science and religion." That's the lead in a Wall Street Journal article by Sharon Begley (paid subscription required) about a collaboration between MIT and the Dalai Lama to investigate meditation.
These days, science and faith are making nice almost everywhere you look (the battle between creationism and Darwinian evolution being a sad exception). Neurobiologists are exploring the brain mechanisms that produce the feeling of oneness with the cosmos that advanced practitioners of Tibetan Buddhist meditation report. People of faith are finding support for their beliefs in cosmologists' discoveries that the universe is "fine-tuned" to produce life. Even the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, has joined in. "If I had not been a monk," he said last weekend, "I would have become an engineer."
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"If science proves facts that are different from Buddhist understandings," the Dalai Lama has vowed, "Buddhism must change."
Sounds like a healthy attitude all 'round.