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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); Reprint edition (26 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400080797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400080793
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet explores questions such as how did the universe come into being and what is the meaning of human life against the blackness of infinity? Religion and science have many answers to these and similar questions, answers that sometimes meet but more often diverge.

In this book-length conversation, French Buddhist monk Ricard and Vietnamese-born astrophysicist Trinh explore how Buddhism and modern science address life's big questions. Among the matters they touch on, sometimes fleetingly and sometimes in depth, are the illusory nature of phenomena, the guiding intelligence of nature, and the search for the mechanisms that drive planets and humans alike. Both authors, each conversant in the other's medium, argue against reductionist views of nature. And both provide plenty of data that support Albert Einstein's declaration that "if there is any religion that could correspond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism".

Hard-nosed sceptics will perhaps find Ricard and Trinh's reconciliation arguable. Still, the record of their conversation makes both for fascinating reading and for a useful overview of scientific reasoning and spiritual inquiry. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By robaud on 31 Oct 2010
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Both of the subjects covered in this book are difficult to relate to everyday experience, so be prepared for a challenge - it is not light reading. It is well written though and compelling. If you have an interest in either of these subjects but know little about them, give it a go.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pascaleen on 28 May 2009
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This is truly the most fascinating book ever read. It brings so much information and generates so many questions. The reader simply delights in the exploration of connections between science and the teachings of Buddhism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr J R Hall on 5 Mar 2013
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This is the best book I've come across on this subject. The authors are a Vietnamese scientist brought up amidst Buddhism, and a Buddhist monk with a great interest in science and a deep knowledge of Buddhism. For me it says science is a useful tool but for it to effect us in a deeply meaningful way, it needs a compassionate heart . The book also makes the point that Buddha's teachings are scientific and many of what we think of as modern discoveries were known to the ancients. As Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says in Modern Buddhism (free to download) "The instructions given in this book are scientific methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind." And as Einstein said (quoted in the Quantum and the Lotus) If there is any religion that could respond to the need of modern science, it would be Buddhism."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Asha on 1 April 2013
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If you like science and are interested in Buddhism this book is exceptional. It explains the more complex aspects of Buddhist philosophy with modern scientific illustrations. Matthieu Ricard has the happy knack of presenting eastern philosophical themes in a very accessible way for the western reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mind traveller on 24 Feb 2013
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I am still in the process of reading this book and so far have found it fascinating and thought provoking. I like the format of a conversation between two experts on the subjects. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to get to grips with these difficult ideas.
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Have only just started reading this but looks fascinating. As a Buddhist and someone who vehemently believes there is more to life the universe and everything than we can experience with our senses, the ideas in this book make sense.
The book is in perfect condition and arrived on time. I really could not be happier with my purchase. And will definitely buy from them in the future.
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