The Reality of Illusion: The Simulation Hypothesis

At the point where the visionary yoga-based cosmologies of Hinduism and Buddhism converge with AI, quantum physics, and digital gaming, the Simulation Hypothesis claims that we live in a vast and realistic video game without knowing it! Multiple philosophies and religions have taught that reality is not what is appears to our senses and mind, so the idea of simulated or virtual reality is longstanding, as modeled in Plato’s cave, Descartes’ evil demon, “The Matrix,” Hinduism’s māyā doctrine, Buddhism’s two-truth theory, and Zhuang-tzu’s dreaming butterfly. If we are living in a mesmerizing simulation controlled by beings greater than us but unknown by us, can we develop a powerful video game to break through to reality? Perhaps, but we would remain dependent upon machinery to awaken—like always needing a meditation app to meditate. But humanity’s mystical traditions teach that we are master simulators of our own experience—with or without machinery—and that it is our choice to sleep or to wake up. In my presentation, I will unfold the classic Panchakosha—or Five Coverings—meditation practice from the Upaniṣads, which demonstrates how we construct and how we can dismantle the main lenses that conceal our inborn standpoint of natural enlightenment.

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Kenneth Rose
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