It was said that the two great things of human civilization are the scientific method of the west and the meditation practice of the east.
It is interesting that I finished most of my scientific training in China, and I didn’t get a chance to practice Buddhism intensively until I came to US (intensively might not be the right word since I always take a light-hearted attitude towards studying of Buddhism. I always spend most of my energy focusing on my arts of life. For things I deem important to learn, like computer programming, liberal arts, I aggressively use brutal forces to bombard them. 🙂 ).
For China, for the past two centuries, it has been a history of learning from the west, especially the western tradition of science. But up to my time, I could say that China still didn’t have the spirit of science and China hasn’t developed a system of science, although the great minds in China have tried generation after generation to instill the spirit and system of science in the Chinese culture.
I started meditation practice in China but I couldn’t find a good teacher in China. I guess all the best teachers come to US. 🙂 It is very interesting to me to see the transformation that the western culture is going through.