In this book-length conversation, French Buddhist monk Ricard and Vietnamese-born astrophysicist Trinh explore how Buddhism and modern science address life's big questions. Among the matters they touch on, sometimes fleetingly and sometimes in depth, are the illusory nature of phenomena, the guiding intelligence of nature, and the search for the mechanisms that drive planets and humans alike. Both authors, each conversant in the other's medium, argue against reductionist views of nature. And both provide plenty of data that support Albert Einstein's declaration that "if there is any religion that could correspond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism."
Hard-nosed skeptics will perhaps find Ricard and Trinh's reconciliation arguable. Still, the record of their conversation makes fascinating reading and provides a useful overview of scientific reasoning and spiritual inquiry. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I had previously read "The Monk and the Philosopher" by Matthieu Ricard in search of some insights on where science stood with Buddhism and found the book falling short. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Full Circle
excelent book. it's like eavesdropping on two very wise, mind blowing men getting into the nitty gritty of all things.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Antonio Rollon
Does modern scientific research results have anything in common with ancient philosophy? Set up as a dialogue between a French Buddhist monk (from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition)... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Trevor Neal
Considering how recent the publication date is, it is surprising that no mention is made of the more speculative but nevertheless logically rigorous interpretation of quantum... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eugene Tsiang
I ordered this for a book club that ended up being canceled. It's a smooth read and is great for those struggling with religion versus science.Published 11 months ago by Crecia Haywood
I didn't originally buy this book out of interest - another copy was given to me by my Yale graduate student son, and it vanished one day, and I bought another copy from Amazon. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeremiah O'Shaughnessy
I didn't finish this book. It is too contrived for me. the Lotus talks around the question. The Quantum seems to be a stalking horse.Published 17 months ago by pyates
This book is so interesting and compelling. As I get older it ties into my belief in science and the crossover into the natural/ spiritual world of connectedness. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Crazylegs