Buddhism, remote viewing, and the burden of proof (against dogmatists known as “skeptics”)
I apply the same principles to remote viewing as those applied in the recollection of the Dhamma to the teaching of the Buddha according to its six supreme qualities. In other words, when a skeptic repudiates claims to the reality of remote viewing, I do whatever I can to help the individual experience and see its reality for himself. Such standards are similarly reflected in the fundamental epistemological axioms of Buddhism:
1. Svākkhāto (Sanskrit: Svākhyāta “well proclaimed” or “self-announced”) — based on natural law rather than speculative metaphysics. Fundamentally empirical rather than religious or philosophical.
2. Sandiṭṭhiko (Sanskrit: Sāṃdṛṣṭika “able to be examined”) — open to scientific and other types of scrutiny rather than based on faith or an irrational mysticism. Can be tested by personal experience and verified by external observers of the experienced (critical phenomenology or Herero-phenomenology rather than the more solipsistic phenomenology). Sandiṭṭhiko comes from the word sandiṭṭhika which means visible in this world.
3. Akāliko (Sanskrit: Akālika “timeless, immediate”). — does not change over time or space and is not relative to either. Penetrates into the absolute rather than the relative.
4. Ehipassiko (Sanskrit: Ehipaśyika “which you can come and see” — from the phrase ehi, paśya “come, see!”). Injunction to test it out through personal experience.
5. Opanayiko (Sanskrit: Avapraṇayika “leading one close to”) — leading to insight into the fundamental nature of reality through personal experience.
6. Paccattaṃ veditabbo viññūhi (Sanskrit: Pratyātmaṃ veditavyo vijñaiḥ “To be meant to perceive directly”) — empirically perceived by through intuition rather than sense perception (digital empiricism) or higher-order abstraction (rationalism).