Buddhism and Science

Cause and Effect Interrelation

The Influence Type


In our daily life, people are familiar with unreversed phenomena. Due to such unreversed experience, human beings are gradually forming habit of distinguishing past and future. Memory acknowledges only past, not future. It is believed that people cannot do anything to change the past, but in fact we can act in some ways to affect future. Through some common nouns like repentance, regret, expectation, etc., we can clearly see the difference between the past and the future (but in the absolute truth, there is no existence of the past and future).

On the contrary, according to recent theories of physics, all basic principles of Gravitation, Electromagnetic Field and Nuclear Reaction are convertible, which means that there is no difference between past and future. In addition, if all molecules of a compound system tend to change velocity, what collected before will be hurled again. According to the terms of Buddhism, all phenomena happen from the nourished seeds. In order to explain the unreversed nature in this world of illusory phenomena without depending on the original principles, physicians have added more complex concepts such as the closed system, opened system, energy conservation, entropy, etc. and have had to spend a lot of efforts to deduce them by depending upon the data of experiments. It suggests that all basic physical theories are unable to entirely describe the real state of being. However, they are still useful for our cognition that there is nothing stable in the theory of Causes and Effects.

In prehistoric time, human beings knew how to make fire by rubbing two stones together. That is the application of one-way cause and effect theory, “work causes heat”, “work is the cause and heat is the effect” (In Physics, Force times Distance equals work). It was not until human beings could contrastingly realize that heat can turn into work; “heat causes work”; “heat is the cause and work is the effect”, that is until discovering the two-way cause and effect theory (cause = effect) or there is no differentiation between cause and effect were steam engine and fire engine invented, establishing the first industrial revolution in England at the end of the 18th century, which thoroughly changed the life on our planet.

Reference:  Luận giải Trung Luận Tánh Khởi và Duyên Khởi –  Author: Hồng Dương Nguyễn Văn Hai

Esoteric Dharma VajraPani Lineage
Vajra Pani group – “Sun” Generation : 
Nhat Hiep

Translator: Hoang Dung