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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia Series in Science and Religion
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231145500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231145503
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pleasure to read.

(Buddhadharma 1900-01-00)

Stimulating.

(Nature)

An excellent presentation of what can happen when intelligent, open minds sit down together with the goal of mutual understanding and betterment.

(Sameet Kumar PsyCritiques 1900-01-00)

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One of the best books of its kind. Mind and Life is accessible and engaging and yet deals with this topic in a technically sophisticated way.

(Vic Mansfield, professor of physics and astronomy, Colgate University)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Boynton on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in preparation for a 5-day seminar (entitled From the Big Bang to Consciousness) with the author Pier Luigi Luisi. Because I have no background or knowledge of biology, some scientific concepts presented in this book were difficult to understand. However, Luigi's writing style is pleasantly conversational and warm, which makes the content much more accessible. He captured the spirit of this conference which brought scientists from a number of disciplines and Buddhist scholars and religious leaders together. The discussions between these two groups focussed on their beliefs about the origins and nature of life and how both the scientific and spiritual community had much to learn from each other. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the intersection of science and spirituality.
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Dr. Richard Davidson and the Dalai Lama work together to explore how we can gain control of our own minds using the knowledge of neuroscience and the experience of practicing meditators. It is the story of Dr. Davidson's journey to break the restrictive bonds of behavioral psychology and discover how mindful meditation can release the power of the mind to literally change the wiring in the brain to achieve a better state of being.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah B on May 1, 2013
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It is good for the planet. This book is tremendous and I thank everyone who is in it for being.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By a reader on May 28, 2012
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The book tittle is really arresting; Mind and life discussions with the Dalai Lama on the nature of reality. But the book is not about that. It is a set of different interviews on different topics with different Buddhist, so this is my first quarrel with the book: It is not a book that has discussions with the DL. The other one is about some of those interview, say on the topic of "how life unfolds" chapter 4 . One would spect an expert of the calibre of Richard Dawkins to be next to the Dalai Lama but the person they chose its no other than Richard Gere. My question is what does the actor of the film pretty women and Dr. T and it's women have to say about the topic? What credentials does he have apart of being the pretty face of Buddhism in the media and a good friend of the Dalai Lama? I honestly was afraid that the next chapter would have Brat Pit or Keeanu Reeves talking on "the nature of the universe spending a Buddhist view" just because they happened to be in a film that have a Buddhist topic. Anyway its seems like a great topic done in a very clumsy way.
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