The eighth intelligence based upaya ( maybe all are but I do not know) that I will present for your amusement and beyond is mathematical/logical. This one provides lots of possibilities for discussion, particularly, logic. We use it when we look sutras and other Buddhist works. We deny it but what is it? We smack our version of it around. We try to pick out propaganda with it. The quadrilemma can amuse for hours (that is, for instance: the statement is the truth; it is not the truth; it is both true and not true; and, it is neither true nor not true). Indeed, in my tradition, the koan attacks logic directly...I think. But what of mathematics?
I read a Zen anecdote about a 17th monk practicing in a temple that welcomed guests to find peace there. The monks practiced several arts for that purpose, for instance, the tea ceremony, flower arranging, moving and sitting Zen. A very fierce looking warrior arrived. For several months, the monks and the samurai tried every method they knew but nothing gave the man peace of mind. HIs war experiences and what the warrior role were just too strong. Almost in jest, the monk suggested mathematics. The samurai had never had a chance to learn even basic mathematics. However, to the surprise of all involved, he learned unusually quickly. Indeed, he was a bit of a wonder. In a few months, he has mastered all they could teach him. In the process, peace came upon his mind. In gratitude, he formulated a geometric proof. I would give you that proof if I could but I can tell you that it had to do with circles that could be put in a triangle and how to use them to figure out the triangle's area. At peace at last, he received word that his warlord needed him. He went into battle a few weeks later. Unfortunately, he fought for the losing side and died trying to save a wounded friend.
Sangaku, visualizing the sacred temple geometry of Japan.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHOTupAUVIs
and if you want a lesson here is a longer link called "Buddha loves geometry."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3DrTbB3W_8
I will present a little more on geometry in #9.
As to whether there are connections between western science, particularly physics, and Buddhism, I shall let that be open to discussion but HHDL is open to the idea.
and if you want a lesson here is a longer link called "Buddha loves geometry." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3DrTbB3W_8