The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet

The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet

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The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet by Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan, Trinh Xuan Thuan

Matthieu Ricard trained as a molecular biologist, working in the lab of a Nobel prize—winning scientist, but when he read some Buddhist philosophy, he became drawn to Buddhism. Eventually he left his life in science to study with Tibetan teachers, and he is now a Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama, living in the Shechen monastery near Kathmandu in Nepal. Trinh Thuan was born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam but became intrigued by the explosion of discoveries in astronomy during the 1960s. He made his way to the prestigious California Institute of Technology to study with some of the biggest names in the field and is now an acclaimed astrophysicist and specialist on how the galaxies formed.

When Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Thuan met at an academic conference in the summer of 1997, they began discussing the many remarkable connections between the teachings of Buddhism and the findings of recent science. That conversation grew into an astonishing correspondence exploring a series of fascinating questions. Did the universe have a beginning? Or is our universe one in a series of infinite universes with no end and no beginning? Is the concept of a beginning of time fundamentally flawed? Might our perception of time in fact be an illusion, a phenomenon created in our brains that has no ultimate reality? Is the stunning fine-tuning of the universe, which has produced just the right conditions for life to evolve, a sign that a “principle of creation” is at work in our world? If such a principle of creation undergirds the workings of the universe, what does that tell us about whether or not there is a divine Creator? How does the radical interpretationof reality offered by quantum physics conform to and yet differ from the Buddhist conception of reality? What is consciousness and how did it evolve? Can consciousness exist apart from a brain generating it?

The stimulating journey of discovery the authors traveled in their discussions is re-created beautifully in The Quantum and the Lotus, written in the style of a lively dialogue between friends. Both the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of contemporary science are introduced with great clarity, and the reader will be profoundly impressed by the many correspondences between the two streams of thought and revelation. Through the course of their dialogue, the authors reach a remarkable meeting of minds, ultimately offering a vital new understanding of the many ways in which science and Buddhism confirm and complement each other and of the ways in which, as Matthieu Ricard writes, “knowledge of our spirits and knowledge of the world are mutually enlightening and empowering.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609608548
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2001
Edition description: 1 AMER ED
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mattieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk residing at the Shechen monastery near Kathmandu in Nepal. He is coauthor of the critically acclaimed The Monk and the Philosopher and is the official French translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Trinh Xuan Thuan is a professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia and the author of the critically acclaimed The Secret Melody and several other popular science books.

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The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kurokun More than 1 year ago
I was unable to finish this book simply for the fact that it was not letting conclusions emerge from proof and discussion, but rather it seemed to start off in an attempt to validate the author's world view. Not investigative; the discussions contained within had a very staged feeling to them. In short, new age malarkey. Not at all like the fundamental, sound, and investigative thinking in books like: "The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way" and "Nothingness and Emptiness: A Buddhist Engagement With the Ontology of Jean-Paul Sartre."
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This is a great book to open the mind just a bit more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative.
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*her eyes soften* ik youll always be there for me
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors do a fantastic job of comparing and contrasting the various issues of reality as viewed from the scientific and Buddhist perspectives.