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- Publisher: Random House Audio Assets; Unabridged edition (13 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739322656
- ISBN-13: 978-0739322659
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 15.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 Sep 2005
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With immense charm and lucidity, [the Dalai Lama] riffs on possible congruences between quantum physics or relativity and the Buddhist concept of impermanence and nothingness (Steven Poole, GUARDIAN)
Wise and compassionate (DAILY EXPRESS)
Some fascinating fresh insights ... Those who confuse the Dalai Lama's affability and simple-heartedness for a lack of intellectual rigour will be confounded by the strength of his reasoning, and no one can deny his argument that science should serve us all ... a fascinating account of an intellectual journey from the rooftops of Lhasa to the modern world (SCOTSMAN)
The lucidity of the writing is a joy, and conveys with simple elegance profound truths from both traditions. For those wishing to understand the nature of reality, this is an excellent work (THE MIDDLE WAY: JOURNAL OF THE BUDDHIST SOCIETY) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
* The Dalai Lama's unique and learned vision of how religion and science can work together in harmony --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The fusion of science and spirituality
By Howard A. Jones
It's now more than thirty years since the publication of Fritjof Capra's Tao of Physics (1975). Since then, an increasing number of both mystics and scientists have pointed out the connection between science and spirituality, even as the gulf between science and dogmatic religion has widened. The incessant cosmic dance of fundamental particles and energies is a scientific expression of the fundamental Buddhist belief `that all conditioned things and events are in constant flux.'
Here is another book on the same unifying theme and it could hardly have been written by a more eminent spiritual authority. As well as possessing a depth of spiritual vision, the Dalai Lama has the intellect to be able to discuss scientific concepts meaningfully with eminent physicists, though he always acknowledges his lack of formal scientific training with humility. These facets of his personality come through in this treatment of the subject.
The preliminary pages set the tone of the book with a quote from Buddhist scripture: `In each atom of the realms of the universe, / There exist vast oceans of world systems'. This is a spiritual expression of the scientific world view of physicist David Bohm, who became a friend and scientific mentor of the Dalai Lama. Bohm's concept is expressed by his notion of `implicate order': just as each molecule of DNA contains the biological blueprint for the whole organism, so each atom has within it a representation of the whole object of which it is a part, each molecule the germ of every system.Read more ›
But, just in case you make the assumption that this is therefore only for newcomers to the discussions that have been taking place between thoughtful people in both science and religion for many years, take a pause. This is a wonderfully clear overview that will provide those readers already acquainted with the issues with a valuable summary of what's involved. The dialogue between Buddhism and Science is proving to be very fertile, especially in the area of brain, mind and consciousness; the Dalai Lama's ability to communicate wonder, generosity and humility reveals just how nourishing and fruitful that dialogue can be.
If you've been irritated or perhaps saddened by the simplistic treatment of the human search for meaning, purpose and value by the headline grabbers in the field of science and religious debate, enjoy this rich and deceptively simple exploration of the domain.
Buddhists have for more than 2500 years investigated how the mind works, not by brain scans but by intensive training of the mind to enable people to observe the processes in their minds. Their theories are based on logic and on those investigations.
Buddhists like scientists believe in cause and effect as a universal principle. This in Buddhism referred to as "dependent origination ". The world is constituted of dependently originating processes that give rise to dependently originated consequences according to the laws of causality.Read more ›
From his reading, discussions and interactions with the scientific community, which span mechanics and quantum physics to neurobiology, His Holiness draws on Buddhist teachings to show how two very different systems of thought have come to similar conclusions about the nature of reality and of consciousness. In the case of science, its conclusions are derived from experiments on matter and intellectual analysis; in the case of Buddhism through long centuries of spiritual practice and meditative and speculative thought.Read more ›
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I'm hooked on the title - the book, unfortunately, doesn't present any more ideas with the same clarity or precision.Published 10 months ago by R. A. Fallows
The Dalai Lama is obviously a clever man. Perhaps hr is too clever to be easily understood.Published 14 months ago by Norman Craig Lewis
Excellent book, by a great man I've read a number of title by the Dalai lama and they've always proved thought provoking. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
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