Scientism isn’t the same as science. It’s the opposite of searching for truth. Scientism is the unquestioned belief that the mechanistic, materialistic worldview – which works well for technology – can provide us with a complete explanation of everything. In this era, academics, scientists, and professionals largely ignore the massive accumulation of evidence for postmortem survival – as if it never existed.
I find many parallels between Secular Buddhism and scientism. I have summarized that below
- Refusal to believe in afterlife and other planes of consciousness. Sometimes they would say that they are agnostics and would believe all this if presented with enough evidence. But they refuse to see evidence when presented. They try to spin Buddha’s statements to support their own beliefs. For e.g. I heard some say that Brahma loka and deva lokas aren’t part of EBT, and it is simply metaphor for good life on earth. They believe that nothing survives after death, thus concept of Brahma lokas and deva lokas are all fake.
- Buddha had no supra mundane powers. We see reports of such type of phenomenon in present times simply because it is a coincidence. And all unexplained phenomena such as telepathy, NDE, ESP, out-of-body experience are illusory.
- There is no such thing as reincarnation.
I think we can surely say that scientism has taken hold of Buddhism in the west.
Because, like most of the scientists of the west, the secular Buddhist refuse to see the evidence presented in favor of things Buddha claimed 2500 years ago.
Books by Jim B tucker and every book of ian stevenson meticulously presents the research on children who remember past lives and had birthmarks at the same places as the wounds of previously deceased person.
Many skeptics have tried to refute these claims, but I couldn’t find any reasonable argument that can refute them . Secular Buddhists simply refuse to see this evidence.
Robert A. Monroe (1915-1995), was a radio broadcasting executive who became known for his research into altered consciousness and founding The Monroe Institute. His 1971 book, Journeys Out of the Body, is credited with popularizing the term “out-of-body experiences” (OBE).
There is in fact so much evidence for out-of-body experience that it is an embarrassment of riches. It is also the most easily achievable do it yourself technique, as opposed to years of mediation leading to jhana attainments .
I can challenge any secular Buddhist to read books on this topic and familiarize yourself, and you will see the results for yourself
my recommendations include
- Travel Far: A Beginner's Guide to the Out-of-Body Experience, Including First-Hand Accounts and Comprehensive Theory and Methods by Darryl E. Berry Jr.
- Demystifying OBE
The Art and Practice of Astral Projection by Ophiel
4.The Phase: A Practical Guidebook for Lucid Dreaming and Out-Of-Body Travel by Michael Raduga
We all know about Buddha’s power to read minds and see things at a distance using his divine eye. Well these things aren’t of the past as the evidence for ESP and Remote Viewing is overwhelming too. During the Cold War, the US was looking for any advantage it could find over the USSR because even the simplest edge one way or the other could have tipped the balance and changed history. At some point in the 1970s, the US intelligence agencies received word that the USSR was researching heavily into parapsychological phenomena, specifically, the science of Remote Viewing.
Project Stargate was the CIA’s counter to any possible extra-sensory research going on in the USSR. It encompassed multiple disciplines, but the main focus was on Remote Viewing, with over $20 million dollars spent over 20 years and hundreds of individual studies making up one of the largest Remote Viewing experiments ever created.
Project Stargate also didn’t go under just one codename. In the years it ran, the project was contained under the aegis of many other names, including:
The Stanford Research Institute (SRI) began all US research into Remote Viewing, performing a series of experiments. The evidence in support of remote viewing is just overwhelming to simply refuse to accept it as true. Anyone skeptic can go through these books
- The Seventh Sense: The Secrets of Remote Viewing as Told by a Psychi by Lyn Buchanan
Secular Buddhists also refuse to see the evidence presented in favor of afterlife through NDEs . Raymond moody has conducted very through research on this topic in his book
The point which I want to make is that secular Buddhist can’t just continue to pretend that the rest of us who do believe in all these things are simply doing this out of ‘belief’ and without any evidence, when in fact they are the ones who operate out of dogmas of scientism.