The Thousand Stars Buddhism and Science Group
The Thousand Stars Foundation
Bringing together Buddhist practitioners with representatives of other religions, religious scholars, philosophers, scientists, medical professionals, linguists, and other interested members of the community, this society addresses the widespread curiosity and concern regarding modernization and scientific advances in relation to the tenets of Buddhism in Thai society. The group explores science and faith in consideration of the doctrines of karma and rebirth, death and dying, ethics and cosmology, neuroscience and biology, human cloning, and genetics to gain a better understanding from the perspectives of both the traditional Thai ‘Theravada’ and Tibetan ‘Mahayana’ Buddhist thought on modern science. Activities include a national symposium on dreams, sleep and spirituality from multifaceted perspectives in religion – including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism – science, and medical professions. Monthly meetings bring together members for dialogue and discussion with scholars, scientists, professionals, students, and the interested public. Outreach to increase membership incorporates an accessible and publicized website, advertising, and exposure through local and national newspapers, television, and radio programs. Matching funds are provided by The Thousand Stars Foundation and a grant of the Research Program on Science in Thai Culture and Society funded by the National Research Council of Thailand.