"Buddhism regards religious statements as methods. They are not eternally True. They are approximations to reality that are useful to act on in particular circumstances."
If you replace "Buddhism" with "Science" and "religious statements" with "hypotheses", and it starts to sound like a fairly similar knowledge quest. Is this because Buddhism is similar to science, or is Chapman backporting scientific epistemology onto Buddhism?
@strypey “If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” — Dalai Lama.
@mathew good quote :) Keep in mind though that despite being viewed by many as the spiritual leader of all Buddhism, HH is only the leader of one school of Tibetan Buddhism, not even all Tibetan Buddhists (Chapman follows a very different Tibetan lineage). HH is kind of like the Pope of Buddhism, or maybe more like the Archbishop of Canterbury of Buddhism. Indian and Thai Buddhist traditions, for example, are often more evangelical and much less secular in their doctrine than HH.