Are any of you familiar with Systems science concepts such as self-organization, self-construction, autopoiesis, etc? Chaos theory also relates here, the butterfly effect and such. This is where my interest and studies lie, primarily. I studied Developmental Systems Theory in grad school and apply it constantly in my field, of education and language learning. And unlike physics, where one does need advanced study I think to comprehend many things, systems concepts are more like dharma concepts, something any intelligent person can grasp, imo. You don't need to have a grad school background to understand these concepts, imo, unless you're focused on taking a mathematical approach.
Anyway, the interesting riddle with systems properties is the same with what I was saying about physics. Why does the Universe work this way, how or why are these set laws or principles in place? Cause these properties and principles are universal, they apply to systems of all sizes, from cells to organisms, ecosystems, economic systems, biospheres, solar systems and galaxies. They swirl, self-organize, self-construct, are interdependent, complex systems.
A God or Universal Mind is one possible explanation for why our cosmos works this way. It lies outside Science, surely, but it's still a logical idea, imo. It could also be that our Universe is the child of an earlier Universe, and that Universes themselves evolved over time and that's why our Universe is so fine-tuned. Or perhaps there is Intelligence or Wisdom of sorts in the Field of Energy/Matter from which all forms emerge. We could call this Dharma Nature, Dharmakaya or Tao. It need not be an Intelligence that observes, and isn't Dharma a form of wisdom that is Universal?
Isn't our Universe, with all its compounded systems, an expression of Dharma, from a Buddhist point of view?
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009