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Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Buddhism and Modernity) by [Lopez Jr., Donald S.]
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"A tour de force. This extremely original and well-written book... provides all the background needed for those unfamiliar with Buddhism to understand the tradition and the perplexing scientific claims made for it." - Richard M. Jaffe, Duke University "In Buddhism and Science, Donald Lopez fills a major gap, and he does so with his trademark rigor, concision, and elan. No serious student of science-and-religion can afford to skip this book." - Jack Miles, general editor, Norton Anthology of World Religions"

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Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is the author, editor, or translator of a number of books, including The Madman's Middle Way, Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism, Introduction to the History of Indian Buddhism, and In the Forest of Faded Wisdom: 104 Poems by Gendun Chopel, a Bilingual Edition, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2670 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (15 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0029ZA9BO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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You may have come across books claiming to reconcile Buddhism with modern cosmology, quantum physics or psychology and wondered how credible these books are from a scientific or Buddhist perspective. Much might depend on whether they are written by Buddhists with a scientific interest or scientists with a Buddhist interest. Dr Lopez is neither, he is an academic historian of Buddhist and mainly Tibetan Buddhist thinking. This is a very scholarly look at some of the early interactions between Buddhist thinkers and Westerners. One point he makes consistently in the book is that Buddhism received the reputation for being scientific, logical and accommodating scientific discoveries often when the Westerners making those statements knew very little about Buddhism and few traditional Buddhists in Asian countries knew much about Western science. Likewise given that science changes over time, it can be difficult to see what precisely which scientific thinking Buddhism accommodates. Dr Lopez seems surprised that Buddhists in Tibet who first encountered Western science had some fairly strange interpretations of whatever science was salient in their day. The idea espoused in many schools, that when a Buddhist finds themselves holding an idea that can be shown to be untrue no matter how deeply cherished, that view is to be abandoned, does not get aired. He outlines how some Asian Buddhists clung to traditional cosmologies long after the Western scientific view had prevailed elsewhere but gives little sense as to whether this was a "counter reformation" movement in Buddhism or just a few conservatives holding out against change. This section of the book seemed a bit of a "straw man" argument.Read more ›
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I would like to start off by saying this book is a total misnomer. There is nowhere near as much information on Buddhism and actual science as there is on 'the science of Buddhism' and 'race science ' which aren't actually sciences at all but academic studies. This is frustrating for a science and society student - if you want a book that explains biology/chemistry/physics and Buddhism you're wasting your time with most of this book. There are some sections that are interesting and informative on the Buddhism-science relationship but this is the minority. This should be made much clearer: the book should most certainly have a different title or a blurb which explains this. The book is mostly the history of the study of Buddhism with a little science thrown in here and there. As I said, the scientific points are interesting and were useful to me, but there should have been a lot more of them to merit this title.

I found the writing style quite hard to decipher as the sentences run on and some become quite convuluted. Many have to be read several times to be understood. This is coming from a native English speaker who has no trouble understanding Shakespeare.

All in all, some useful points but mostly useless to me and rather poorly written/edited. Not what I expected at all.
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Good book. Thank you
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