The Universe in A Single Atom

The Universe in A Single Atom

The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

Book - 2005
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In this rare, personal investigation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses his vision of science and faith working hand in hand to alleviate human suffering. Drawing on a lifetime of scientific study and religious practice, he explores many of the great debates and makes astonishing connections between seemingly disparate topics-such as evolution and karma-that will change the way we look at our world.
While he sees science and faith as "complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth," the fact is that the two have often been at the root of human conflict for centuries. In "The Universe in a Single Atom the Dalai Lama challenges us to see that the benefits of opening our hearts and minds to the connections between science and faith are far preferable to perpetuating the divisive rhetoric that often surrounds them. He believes that such enlightenment is the key to achieving peace within ourselves and throughout the world.
Only one other book-the" New York Times bestselling "Ethics for the New Millennium-has been published with such intense personal involvement from the Dalai Lama himself. Now, as we face such troubled and uncertain times, the need has never been greater for this extraordinary man's compassionate thoughts and wise words.
Publisher: New York : Morgan Road Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780767920667
076792066X
Characteristics: 216 p.

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Sep 02, 2017

I always heard and saw glimpses of the Dalai Lama in the media now and then and wanted to hear his thoughts in a very properly titled book that would appeal to this century's science dominated society.
The book's prologue made it clear on the direction of the book and I did associate myself to his curiosity with science and technology. I would say any kid would show curiosity to a smart phone or any other gadget.
I found that the author was trying to appease the scientific community with the tremendous domination it has in our everyday lives. In this process, he kept bringing in the Buddhist philosophy trying to reconcile with science.
I did find him to be brave to admit the missing elements in his faith with the discoveries in science and for him to say that Buddhism needs an updating with this newly revealed evidences from science.
What struck me was his explanation of why the Buddha refused to answer some questions such as relating to the origin of the universe. Oh well.
Some good points brought up particularly to existence and consciousness however not strong enough as his philosophy prevents to go and delve further into the origin.

sundanced Jul 12, 2017

A compelling look at science and religion from one of the most inspirational world leaders of our time--the Dalai Lama. A wonderful read!!

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

In spite of his initial isolation, the Dalai Lama’s deep curiosity has enabled him to enjoy and grasp the intricacies of modern science. In this unique book, he summarizes recent scientific discussions. Comparing Buddhist thought theories to quantum physics & relativity, astronomy, evolution & cloning, brain function & consciousness, he finds much that is similar as well as some differences in approach and emphasis.. He finds similarities between the Eastern concepts of the "philosophy of emptiness" and particle physics. This book offers a perceptive and insightful account by a religious leader who not only respects science but embraces it. This is an extraordinary book by a remarkable man.

LudditeLord Nov 08, 2011

Who knew that Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle was similar to Buddhism's Theory of Emptiness!

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LudditeLord Dec 21, 2011

Other: Thinking may cause your brain to hurt.

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