Deno Kazanis, Ph.D.

Deno Kazanis, Ph.D. has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from The Pennsylvania State University. He was also a Hargitt Fellow and Research Associate at Duke University for 2 years.

In addition to his academic training, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism under:

  • Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage,
  • Khenpo Karthar Rimpoche of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, and
  • Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche of the Karma Kagyu Lineage.

He has also studied Taoism under:

  • Master Mantak Chia of the Taoist Esoteric Yoga Center,
  • tai chi chuan under lineage students of Master Cheng Man_ch’ing, and
  • Waidankung, an intense form of qigong from Taiwan, under lineage teachers.

As a biophysicist who explored the value of integrating physics and biology, he now seeks to explore the integration of Science and Spirituality. His latest book The Integration of Science and Spirituality has a unique understanding of that issue.


    IRVA 2001 – The Scientific Basis for Remote Viewing and Mystical Phenomena

    Recent scientific investigations into the study of phenomena such as remote viewing (rv), clairvoyance, psychic healing, subtle energy (qi, prana), healing through prayer, near-death experiences, and out-of-body experiences to name a few, have generated various models in an effort to account for each phenomenon independently. However, these modern scientists have overlooked the traditional comprehensive physical explanation which mysticism has provided for these phenomena. Traditional mystical teachings assert that the creation of the universe is divided into several major planes of matter or consciousness, and that man, in addition to his visible body, has interpenetrating subtle bodies that are made up from each of these planes of matter. Most, if not all, of the spiritual writings and teachings that have emerged from every culture contain this concept.

    Although the concept of subtle matters and subtle bodies have been dismissed or ignored by science, mystics have persisted in this knowledge. Recently, however, scientists have discovered the presence of “dark matter” in the universe. “Dark matter” is not a rare or insignificant ingredient, but makes up at least 90% of the mass in the universe. Western scientists do not know exactly what “dark matter” is, because it cannot be readily detected or seen, but they know “dark matter” exists because of the significant gravitational effects it produces. Theories for “dark matter” fall into two broad categories: (A) large objects which do not emit light, such as the remnants of burnt out stars, like black holes and white dwarfs, and (B) small objects which are not composed of charged particles and are therefore not visible. This lecture will focus on the second category for “dark matter”. We will show that the known properties of the uncharged form of “dark matter” would be consistent with the basic physical properties associated with mystical matter from other “planes”, the matter that also constitutes the subtle bodies of humankind. The role of “dark matter” subtle bodies in phenomena such as remote viewing, clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, psychic healing, the power of prayer, and other extraordinary phenomena, will be shown. The existence of a scientific model for these phenomena opens the door to further, systematic explorations and understandings.

    This lecture will go on to discuss the traditional pragmatic approaches that have been utilized throughout the ages to enable one to directly experience the subtle bodies and the world to which they correspond, and thus help provide the experiential path toward rv and other traditional mystical phenomena.