Dr. Eric Ferm to Speak on “Images of God in the Bible, Art, and Our Scientific Work” Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum – Los Alamos Reporter
The eight spokes of the wheel of dharma represent the Noble Eightfold Path. Courtesy picture
BY MORRIE PONGRATZ
Last Wednesday, attendees at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum heard former LANL physicist Dr. John Ambrosiano speak about “The Science of Buddhism.” He said that Buddhism, considered one of the four great religions of the world, is not a religion at all. Considered non-theistic (neither atheist nor agnostic), it is a blend of spirituality, Eastern philosophy and empirical psychology. Its spiritual roots lie in the mystical traditions of India, to which the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) added his own unique perspective.
Dr. Ambrosiano spoke about the birth of Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist psychology, Buddhism and physics. Buddhism is a non-theistic blend of religious tradition, spirituality, Eastern philosophy and empirical psychology. After much research and contemplation, the Buddha discovered the source of suffering. He discovered that suffering is inevitable because life is problematic. However, human beings needlessly add to their suffering by taking misfortune personally, clinging to what they want and pushing away what they don’t want, fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of experience, and above all the belief in an enduring and independent self.
The Buddha provided a path (the Eightfold Path) that avoids unnecessary suffering by seeking to lead a virtuous life, developing one’s concentration and powers of observation, and cultivating wisdom through direct insight. Dr. Ambrosiano spoke about the psychological benefits of mindfulness – paying attention to what’s happening in the moment rather than getting lost in memories or projections of the future.
Next Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in Kelly Hall, former LANL scientist Dr. Eric Ferm will talk about “Images of God in the Bible, in art, and in our scientific work”. On the sixth day of creation, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; . . .”. Why does the Bible speak of God in the plural (“we” and “our”)? What insight into the image of the gods do we find by examining who we are and the images we present to the world? What insight into each of our beings illuminates our image of God?
More information can be found on the website www.losalamosfaithandscienceforum.org. Join the Zoom meeting on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84567890081?pwd=-BC9PuySlP7_6aL0R2ecinNogJ3Krz.1