Caribbean Chronicles Vol. 4: A Buddhist in a Scientist World
As most of you have gathered by this point, I live, eat, breath and dream about science. I find teaching science to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my life and am so profoundly grateful my path has led me to where I am and given me the opportunity to share my love of science with my students. What some of you may not know, is that in addition to being a scientist, I am also a Zen Buddhist. People have often asked me about my this aspect of my life and I was recently interviewed by Tricycle Magazine regarding my views on interfacing personal belief systems with science. One of my favorite sayings is "use the right tool for the right job". While I think science has extraordinary explanatory value and helps us make sense of the world around us, in my experience, I have found science cannot satisfy all aspects of life particularly in the realms of stress management and practice of living in the present moment. I think without a spiritual practice, there would be a very real danger of me being perpetually lost in thought, forgetting to eat and sleep resulting in a fulfilling albeit rather short-lived career. If you would like to read more about what it was like with a zen master as a father, you can find the full story here.