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The Scientific Buddha: His Short and Happy Life (Terry Lectures) (The Terry Lectures) Hardcover – 12 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (12 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300159129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300159127
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""The Scientific Buddha" is a welcome and timely intervention in the religion-and-science debates. In this eloquent and exquisitely crafted volume, Donald Lopez takes on the ill-begotten notion that Buddhism is a "science of happiness" that prefigures, and is fully consonant with, the findings of modern science. But the book is much more than a critique of slipshod appropriations or representations of Buddhism; Lopez goes on to argue that the real contribution of Buddhism may lie precisely in its critique of contemporary scientific hubris. Lopez's analysis is grounded in impeccable scholarship and a deep appreciation for Buddhist doctrine and history. It is also an absolute delight to read."--Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley--Robert Sharf (05/29/2012)

."..offers a new and original perspective on how to understand the comparative relationship that has formed between Buddhism and science among the interested, educated public--in the 'West' as well as increasingly across Asia--over the last two centuries."--Todd Lewis, co-author of "Sugata Saurabha: A Poem on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya of Nepal"--Todd Lewis (04/11/2012)

"Donald Lopez's light-hearted biography of the Scientific Buddha sets the record straight by exposing the false resonance and pious misunderstandings between Buddhism and modern science. An eminently readable book, and a must for anyone interested in the convergence (or lack thereof) of these two traditions."--Bernard Faure, Columbia University--Bernard Faure (05/29/2012)

There could be no more appropriate book for the Terry Lecture Series because this one so meticulously compares contemporary sciences with what most of the world would acknowledge as an important and influential religion. Dale B. Martin, author of" New Testament History and Literature"--Dale B. Martin (04/11/2012)"

Donald Lopez s light-hearted biography of the Scientific Buddha sets the record straight by exposing the false resonance and pious misunderstandings between Buddhism and modern science. An eminently readable book, and a must for anyone interested in the convergence (or lack thereof) of these two traditions. Bernard Faure, Columbia University--Bernard Faure (05/29/2012)"

""The Scientific Buddha"is a welcome and timely intervention in the religion-and-science debates. In this eloquent and exquisitely crafted volume, Donald Lopez takes on the ill-begotten notion that Buddhism is a "science of happiness" that prefigures, and is fully consonant with, the findings of modern science. But the book is much more than a critique of slipshod appropriations or representations of Buddhism; Lopez goes on to argue that the real contribution of Buddhism may lie precisely in itscritiqueof contemporary scientific hubris. Lopez's analysis is grounded in impeccable scholarship and a deep appreciation for Buddhist doctrine and history. It is also an absolute delight to read." Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley--Robert Sharf (05/29/2012)"

offers a new and original perspective on how to understand the comparative relationship that has formed between Buddhism and science among the interested, educated public in the West as well as increasingly across Asia over the last two centuries." Todd Lewis, co-author of "Sugata Saurabha: A Poem on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya of Nepal"--Todd Lewis (04/11/2012)"

"This edifying and often witty book is not only about busting myths. It also ventures what Buddhism - now purged of the apocryphal "scientific Buddha" - might indeed teach the world today about altruism and the self."--Janet Gyatso, Harvard University--Janet Gyatso (05/29/2012)

"There could be no more appropriate book for the Terry Lecture Series because this one so meticulously compares contemporary 'sciences' with what most of the world would acknowledge as an important and influential 'religion.'"--Dale B. Martin, author of New Testament History and Literature--Dale B. Martin (04/11/2012)

"The Scientific Buddha is a welcome and timely intervention in the religion-and-science debates. In this eloquent and exquisitely crafted volume, Donald Lopez takes on the ill-begotten notion that Buddhism is a "science of happiness" that prefigures, and is fully consonant with, the findings of modern science. But the book is much more than a critique of slipshod appropriations or representations of Buddhism; Lopez goes on to argue that the real contribution of Buddhism may lie precisely in its critique of contemporary scientific hubris. Lopez's analysis is grounded in impeccable scholarship and a deep appreciation for Buddhist doctrine and history. It is also an absolute delight to read."--Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley--Robert Sharf (05/29/2012)

About the Author

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. is Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. A leading scholar of Buddhism, he is author or editor of more than twenty books. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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