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A pleasure to read.

(Buddhadharma)

Stimulating.

(Nature)

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

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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)

In the fascinating dialogues presented in this book, leading physicists and biologists discuss with H. H. the Dalai Lama the current scientific understanding of the essential nature of the material world and the living organisms that have emerged within it. Can we know anything about atoms independently of our systems of measurement and conceptual frameworks in which we make sense of our data? Does life and consciousness emerge solely from complex configurations of molecules and cells, or are there other dimensions to reality besides the physical? These are some of the compelling questions addressed in the conversations between two great knowledge traditions—science and Buddhism—by some of the leading proponents of those cultures.

(B. Alan Wallace, president, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies)

The dialogues in this book give us many fascinating insights into the new conception of life that is now emerging at the forefront of science. Yet the book does much more. The author vividly describes a remarkable encounter of people from very different cultures who meet in a spirit of great kindness and deep mutual respect. Their non-dogmatic approach to fundamental questions of human existence provide a model for cross-cultural communications that is urgently needed in today's world.

(Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Science of Leonardo)
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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: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,340,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Very important work. Am happy to digest this information bit by bit.
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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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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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