Seminar on Quantum Physics and Emptiness in Buddhist Philosophy begins

Gangtok, 27 Mar [IPR]: An International Seminar on “Quantum Physics and Emptiness in Buddhist Philosophy” by the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology under the auspices of the Government of Sikkim began at Chintan Bhawan today.

The two-day seminar which started today had the presence of Governor Shriniwas Patil, who is also the president of NIT, and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in the inaugural ceremony.

The Governor in his address said that he is happy the Institute has decided to venture out from its traditional role of being a custodian and researcher of ancient arts, texts and knowledge to delve into the highly contemporary and cerebral field of quantum physics and study its correlation with Buddhist concept of ‘emptiness’.

“We should build a society on the foundation of knowledge and that scholars, both of science and spirituality should bring together the two seemingly different compartments of the subject and utilize it for common good of society and mankind,” the Governor said.

The Governor also informed about the State government’s decision to establish the State’s first Buddhist University which was announced by the CM during the 80th birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 06 Jul, 2015.

The CM, in his inaugural address, welcomed all the scholars and scientists from overseas as well as from the country.

He said that Social Emotional Learning has drawn incredible attention and popularity in the scientific world, to teach the youngsters the basic human values such as compassion, understanding, gratitude etc.

He said that all religions have sprung from thoughts and wisdom of great men and hoped that today’s discussion would throw new insights.

Earlier the programme started with the lighting of lamps and auspicious chanting by the NIT Sowa Rigpa students which was followed by the welcome address by Director, NIT, Tashi Densapa.

A brief overview of the seminar was presented by Convener, Professor Sisir Roy, who talked about the concepts of modern Physics and modern Philosophy.

The keynote addresses were delivered by Prof Nicolas Gisin who gave an overview from the Science perspective and by Prof Alan Wallace who gave an insight from the Buddhist perspective.

An address was also delivered by Vice Chancellor, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies [CIHTS], Geshe Ngawang Samten.