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3. The Conference Meets its Goal
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Two deeply fascinating types of revelations continuously unfolded throughout the conference. The first one came about through the scientists' profound reflections upon the basic postulates, the frames of reference, the subjectively determining factors of their particular science. This continuous unfolding revelation, which for the audience was spectacular and seemed to re-create a deep fascination and respect for modern science, naturally led to the unfolding of the other type of astonishing revelation: that modern scientists from all the different disciplines, from whichever part of the world they came, all related directly to the Unity in Duality view of interrelatedness of everything existing as a basic principle - with a strong hold on the subject - object interrelationship.

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Prof. Jean Bolen, Prof. Trinh Xuan Thuan

As Dr. Rupert Sheldrake expressed it in the final podium discussion: "The most striking feature of the various talks we had here is, how we all agree with the basic principles of Unity in Duality: in cosmology, quantum physics and biology, in the development of science itself as Prof. Fasching explained, even in the dialectic between the male-female perspective on the world. In the various aspects we were talking about, there was an extraordinary agreement on the Tendrel - Unity in Duality point of view - the pairs of opposites of Nargajuna that Tarab Tulku Rinpoche so clearly explained in his paper".
    And with Prof. Trinh Xuan Thuan: "What moved me the most was the theme of interdependence that ran through most of the speeches. I experience this interdependence profoundly when I go to the telescope and experience the cosmic connections".
    Prof. Jean Bolen continued: "What most impressed me was the combination of the astrophysical large view and the smallest things - yet the interconnectedness of everything!"
    Concerning the subject and object interrelationship Prof. Humberto Maturana concluded: "We know from the talks here that the question of what we are, what is there, and what is reality always escapes us. Where we find ourselves, what we claim about reality or what something is - the answer becomes illusive."
    M.A. Marit Rullmann remarked in the final podium discussion: "When I received Tarab Tulku Rinpoche's paper I thought: This is incredible, in Buddhism they are dealing with the same thing as we in feminist philosophy: love, compassion, the interconnectedness of everything... how is it possible that no-one ever told me this!"
    In her speech Dr. Candace Pert said: "Everything is interconnected and the parts are in each other - in science we first figured this out in the last 10-15 years - but I think these ideas are very old elsewhere.....We are always creating our own realities, and we are always creating our own stories, and when you face this scientific truth and the Buddhist truth, that we are constantly creating our realities, something wonderful is happening: life does not just becomes more blissful, but more powerful, as you kind of take responsibility for what is happening in your life."
    Dr. Candace Pert and Dr. Rupert Sheldrake touched the other main interrelationship of our existence pointed out by Tarab Tulku Rinpoche, the interrelationship and unity between body and mind - 'bodymind'. Dr. Candace Pert said for instance: "Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and I do not believe in the old view that brain is to mind what kidney is to urine. Mind is generated by the whole being - the 'bodymind' - and it is not just by the brain..... so consciousness is really a property of the whole 'bodymind'. These are the scientific facts."
    An unforeseen and extremely positive side-effect of the nature of the Unity in Duality - Tendrel conference was that the scientists during the conference discovered a common ground, of which they might beforehand have had a good intuition, but very little direct experience. So the conference on Unity in Duality had created a common platform where the different scientific disciplines could meet.
    As Prof. Hans-Peter Dürr expressed it: "My expectation in respect to this conference was, that I was very concerned about the current world situation and was asking myself: is the aspect of this conference important? And then I thought: Yes, right now the contact between the different disciplines is very important ...".
    With M.A. Marit Rullmann: "Here I have discovered a reality anew: That science is possible in a different way - at German universities inter-subjective scientific collaboration is not the rule, and there is very little possibility to meet as in this interdisciplinary conference."
    And with the journalist Birgit Baader in Die Zeit: "Hope remains that conferences and meetings such as Unity in Duality, that contribute to more intercultural and interdisciplinary understanding, do not remain an exception but become an established institution as soon as possible."

The audience greatly supported the scientists in their presentation of these most fascinating views - illuminating the latest results within one discipline after the other - forming a splendid new kaleidoscopic 'image' of the universe from the smallest to the largest possible. However, at the end the ausience gave rise to several questions, such as: "Why does it take so long before the results of these modern scientific researchers, breaking the ordinary barriers, become implemented in our culture to create a real impact on our way of living?"
    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake elucidated this point by saying: "Several people told me that they were amazed how well the scientists agreed with each other, and how wonderful this message of modern science was.... However, the kind of views you have been hearing here the last few days are not typical of those you hear in the most scientific institutes. There is a long way to go before these discoveries are actually permeating science itself, and even further to go before they effect science education, which is still teaching unreconstructive materialism to 100 million young people around the world. They are all learning old style science portrayed in the most old fashioned way, with very few exceptions. There is an awful long way to go before these discoveries permeate our culture."

A common vision - that appeared to come true - gave rise to the high energy flow and the incredible mutually interconnecting feeling among scientists and audience alike:
The meeting of worlds that normally appear as contradictory: the meetings of hard core science on which our normal view of reality is based and ancient knowledge / spiritually related wisdom.
    As Prof. Thuan expressed it in an interview with journalist Michaela Doepke:"There is an enormous energy here. I believe we all share a common vision.... all the participants of the conference were searching..... for a connection between science and Buddhism. Three days to examine reality. Yes, and there is this common energy field to be felt in the room. All together there is a very positive resonance here, not only in a mental, intellectual respect ... one can really feel how body and mind form a unity."

Some remarks from the scientists from the final podium discussion that speak for themselves:
M.A. Marit Rullmann: "Conferences such as this one generate powers that change our lives - restore compassion to new values... We can see that dominating paradigms can be changed, not in one day - but maybe in leaps, such as this one..."
Prof. Hans-Peter Dürr: "I was asked why I am going to the Buddhists. I am not going to the Buddhists, but to a view that in my eyes is reflecting old wisdom. It seems that in Tibetan Buddhism, because it was so isolated, wisdom has not been corrupted by power...The simplicity of the Dalai Lama has deeply touched me: it is possible without a hierarchy of redemption. He is compassion, he is part of the One and is saying: "The wisdom is inside of you". This is what needs to be strengthened, but we need the other one in order to remind us of this, this is why we need talks such as this..."
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake: "I think the Dalai Lama's summary that all religions are leading to love, caring for others and compassion is obviously one of the messages we should be taking home with us"".
Allow me to finish the report of this wonderful and deeply inspiring conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's words, which are giving a wider and at the same time a very near perspective on the interrelated nature of Tendrel:
    "The view of interconnectedness brings us deeper awareness: My future depends on others. Humanity's future depends on the environment, and our world today is such, that all parts of the world are actually one's own part, that is why our future depends much on others. So in order to seek a happy and successful life for oneself, you have to take care of the interest of others too. My interest is very much interlinked with others, so taking care of other's interests is in one's own interest. Taking care of the environment is to take care of our own future. Once we realize the interconnectedness, once we think interdependently it will bear tremendous benefit…"