The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence that Explains the World

The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence that Explains the World

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512600001
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 814,981
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

ARRI EISEN is a Professor of Pedagogy in Biology, the Institute of the Liberal Arts, and the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He founded and has directed for over a decade Emory’s Program in Science & Society, which develops innovative programs for the public and students in and out of the classroom in science and religion, science and ethics, and science and art. GESHE YUNGDRUNG KONCHOK was born in 1982 in a mountainous village between Tibet and Nepal. Konchok runs the Tibetan Yungdrung Bon Library at his monastery. He was in the initial group of monastics of the Emory Tibet Science Initiative in 2008 in Dharamsala and was selected as a Tenzin Gyatso scholar with five other monks from that cohort to study science at Emory for three years. Konchok attained his geshe degree at Menri in 2014, and he has been serving as a translator in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative since then.

Table of Contents

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Prologue
Are Bacteria Sentient?
Life, Death, and Sacrifice
How Did Life Begin?
Altitude and Attitude
Ecology and Karma
Are Humans Inherently Good?
Meditation and the “New” Diseases
Beyond Science and Religion
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

From the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“This book . . . represents something close to my heart. [It is a] real collaboration between a modern scientist and a Tibetan monk-scholar. Their work represents not only scholarly achievement but also the friendship and understanding that can come from open dialogue between great intellectual traditions. . . . I have no doubt that all who read this book will benefit from the insights generated by the convergence of science’s understanding of the material world and contemplative traditions’ understanding of the workings of the mind.”

Dr. Christof Koch

“The remarkable intellectual and spiritual voyage of an American biology professor and a Tibetan Buddhist monk exploring how the basic principles of cell biology, developmental biology, and neuroscience can be viewed as Buddhist themes on impermanence, the eternal cycle of life and death, and the communality of all creatures, small or large.”

Robert A. F. Thurman

“Chronicles a fascinating dialogue. . . . There are real benefits for humanity to be gained by this historic encounter. I highly recommend this book.”

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