For many years now, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been meeting with neuroscientists to discuss mind and consciousness. One of the interesting results from this encounter has been an agreement conciousness is everywhere.
Neuroscientist Chrstof Koch, one of the leading experts in consciousness in his field, mentioned this about his meetings with the Dalai Lama:
What struck me most was his belief in what we in the West call ‘panpsychism’ — the belief that consciousness is everywhere,” says Koch. “And that we have to reduce the suffering of all conscious creatures.”
Panpsychism, the idea of universal consciousness, is a prominent thought in some branches of ancient Greek philosophy, paganism, and Buddhism. And it has been largely dismissed by modern science — until recently.