རྡུལ་ཕྲ་རབ་དང་རྡུལ་ཕྲན་སྐོར་གྱི་དབྱིན་འགྱུར།

དྲ་གྲོགས་ལྷན་རྒྱས་ལ་ཞུ་རྒྱུར། ཕྲན་གྱིས་འདིར་དབྱིན་རྩོམ་འདི་འགོད་འོས་ཡོད་མེད་མི་ཤེས་ཀྱང་། དོ་སྣང་ཅན་རེ་ཟུང་ལ་ཕན་སྲིད་སྙམ་ནས་བཀོད་པ་ཙམ་ལགས་པས། བོད་ཡིག་ལ་མཐོང་ཆུང་གཏན་ནས་མིན་པར་མ་ཟད། འདིའི་མ་རྩོམ་བོད་ཡིག་ནི་ཉེ་སྔོན་བཀོད་ཟིན་ལགས།

Sizes of the Buddhist’s tiniest particle and the Scientist’s Atom.

I am reading a book titled ‘Beyond the Brain and Death’ by Alak Jaytul Lodoe Choesang, a Tibetan lama during the break times of the Haya Griva Retreat with thousands of monks organised by Sera Je Monastic University. This book explains the common views and contradictions of Buddhists and modern scientists on the brain, consciousness and atom.

As he requested to analyze on the sizes of the two tradition’s particles, suddenly I want to do that. The great Indian buddhist master Vasu Bandhu says in his ‘Abhidharma kosha’;

‘..... the tiniest particle,

The micro particle and likewise,

Iron (particle), water, rabbit, sheep, and ox,

Sun ray’s particle, and nit and,

Originated from that and likewise,

So called finger breadth;

multiply by seven times increasingly.’’

Calculating according to the above statement, seven tiniest particles can match to the size of a ‘micro particle’.  49 tiniest particles make one iron particle and so on. We have got 5764801 tiniest particles in a nit by multiplying seven times with the above mentioned particles respectively up to the nit. So, the size of one tiniest particle is one of 5764801 parts of a nit (or 1/5764801 of a nit). The Danish scientist Neils Bohr (1885-1962) illustrated that the size of one atom is equal to one part of 10 trillions of a meter. (Or 1 atom= 1/10,000,000,000 of 1 meter).

Now I would like to compare the two traditions. There are 2 centimeters for a finger breadth and 50 finger breadths for one meter. There exists 343 nits in the length of a finger breadth, as stated in the Abhidharma kosha;

‘’Originated from that and likewise,

So called finger breadth; multiply by seven times increasingly.’’

As well as in his own commentary, he says;

‘’For seven nits, it is (measured) ‘originated from that’, which stands for louse. For seven lice, it is a barley. For seven barleys, it is a finger breadth’’.

So there exists the size of 17150 nits within a meter. This is multipled by the number (5764801) of tiniest particles in a nit’s size and so we have got 98,866,337,150 tiniest particles within the size of one meter.

Therefore, the number of the tiniest particles within a meter is much more than the number of atoms claimed by the scientist. This shows the size of the buddhist ‘tiniest particle’ is much much smaller than the atom! It is more than 9 times smaller! In short, 1 tiniest particle is 1/98,866,337,150 part of a meter where as 1 atom, according to Neils Bohr, is 1/10,000,000,000 part of a meter.

Sonam Wangden, Khargong. 18th March, 2012.

Notes: I translated the names of small substances here as follows;

  1. Particle for རྡུལ། as these are used as a common name for all the particles in both languages.
  2. Tiniest particle = རྡུལ་པྲ་རབ། ཕྲ་རབ་ཅེས་པ་ནི་ཕྲ་བའི་རབ་བམ། ཕྲ་བའི་མཐར་ཐུག་པ་ལ་གོ
  3. Micro particle = རྡུལ་ཕྲན།
  4. Iron particle = ལྕགས་རྡུལ།
  5. Water particle = ཆུ་རྡུལ།
  6. Rabbit particle = རི་བོང་གི་རྡུལ།
  7. Sheep particle = ལུག་རྡུལ།
  8. Ox particle = གླང་རྡུལ།
  9. Sun ray’s particle = ཉི་ཟེར་རྡུལ།
  10. Nit = སྲོ་མ།
  11. Louse = ཤིག
  12. Finger breadth = སོར་མོའམ་སོར་ཚིགས།

དྲ་གྲོགས་ལྷན་རྒྱས་ལ་ཞུ་རྒྱུར། ཕྲན་གྱིས་འདིར་དབྱིན་རྩོམ་འདི་འགོད་འོས་ཡོད་མེད་མི་ཤེས་ཀྱང་། དོ་སྣང་ཅན་རེ་ཟུང་ལ་ཕན་སྲིད་སྙམ་ནས་བཀོད་པ་ཙམ་ལགས་པས། བོད་ཡིག་ལ་མཐོང་ཆུང་གཏན་ནས་མིན་པར་མ་ཟད། འདིའི་མ་རྩོམ་བོད་ཡིག་ནི་ཉེ་སྔོན་བཀོད་ཟིན་ལགས།

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