Newtonian Buddhism

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Under the bodhi tree Buddha sat and claimed that all’s an illusion.

Under the apple tree Newton sat and swept away all our confusion.

 

Three simple laws guide us when we set out to do the math

and four Noble Truths set our feet on the Noble Eightfold Path.

 

"If life is a dream," Newton said, "then it certainly is consistent."

But it is a dream and on that point the Buddha was insistent.

 

"I have to agree," Berkeley said, "for to exist is to be perceived."

But if perception is all we have, what’s to save us from being deceived?

 

Does a falling tree in a forest make a sound if there’s no one there to hear?

"It always makes a sound," Berkeley said, "and the reason I think is clear."

 

"Of this simple doctrine," he said, "I certainly am a believer,

in the necessary existence of an omnipresent Perceiver."

 

If the entire world emanates from a single being’s perception,

then we can be sure that there’s no room left for any kind of deception.

 

"So," Buddha said, "we’re all agreed that the world is a hazy dream."

"And there’s only one dreamer," Newton said, "or so it would certainly seem."

 

How can anything dream a Universe into swirling glimmering existence

against the force of Absolute Nothing’s necessary passive resistance?

 

Action and reaction add up to zero and so must be maintained.

Creator and creation, then, must be forever self-contained.

 

"We all agree on this," they said, "when all is said and done,

in a magnificent act of self-existence, the Dreamer and the dream are one."

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