Unlike Western psychology, the Dharma does not accept the ordinary workings of mind-even in their most refined state-as the final word on human capacities.

And unlike science, the Dharma rejects the sharp separation of the mental and physical realms. It tells us on the one hand that the principles of causality extend far beyond what science now acknowledges, and it maintains on the other hand that the laws of cause and effect, or karma, are valid only as long as one adheres to a specific view of self and world and dismisses the possibility of knowledge based on a different understanding.

These distinctions are fundamental for individuals who wish to clarify in their own mind the unique attributes of Buddhism. Then they can, with confidence, explain to others the teachings that make Buddhism a worthwhile field of study for the West.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mind over Matter



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