Astral travelling attracts much attention nowadays, with online instructional courses, descriptive articles and even biographies purporting to convey genuine ‘Out of the Body Experiences’ (OBE).
An interpretive error perpetuated by many hard materialists is that spiritual states do not exist. This, I believe, is category error. Spiritual states do exist
As both sides of my family are politically rooted in Chinese and Soviet Communism – I can say that outside my house was very different
‘Go forth, O Bhikkhus, on your wanderings, for the good of the Bahujana, for the happiness of the Bahujana, – in compassion for the world
One major difference between the Buddha’s system and any modern parallel is that simply ‘knowing’ things (as is evident in the modern, Western academic tradition) is not enough to escape suffering.
Although the different Buddhist schools argued over the existence or nature of the atom, the Theravada thinkers conceived of an atom comprised of ‘space’ and ‘sub-particles’ (dravya-paramanu) which is physically complex (rupa-kalapa), whilst its constituent parts exist in a state on constant flux (kalapanga).