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The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spiritualityby Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho (Dalai Lama XIV)
Synopses & Reviews
Science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry--which is the true path to understanding reality? After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents an analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs--beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience--can lock us into fundamentalist cages. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity.--From publisher description.
A personal view of the relationship between science and religion explains how the two fields can work together to alleviate human suffering, arguing that we need to see and understand the connections between science and faith and that such enlightenment holds the key to achieving peace both within oneself and the world at large. 100,000 first printing.
About the Author
Tenzin Gyatzo, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and is both the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama travels the world speaking on peace and interreligious understanding, giving Buddhist teachings, and meeting with political leaders as he works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people. He resides in Dharamsala, India, and is the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Table of Contents
Reflection — Encounter with science — Emptiness, relativity, and quantum physics — The big bang and the Buddhist beginningless universe — Evolution, karma, and the world of sentience — The question of consciousness — Toward a science of consciousness — The spectrum of consciousness — Ethics and the new genetics — Science, spirituality, and humanity.
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