- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (September 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767920813
- ISBN-13: 978-0767920810
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
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“The Dalai Lama lost spiritual leadership in his own country, but now exercises it around the world. Like all good teachers, he comes to learn. He found that what Buddhism lacked in his country was a fruitful interchange with reason and modern science. Here he fosters that exchange, at a time when some Christians have turned their backs on science and the Enlightenment. We are losing what he has gained.”
—Garry Wills, author of Why I Am a Catholic
“With disarming honesty, humility, and respect, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has explored the relationship between religion and science and suggested the way in which they can affirm and qualify each other’s insights. By juxtaposing traditional Buddhist teaching with the discoveries of modern physics and biology, he infuses the debate about such contentious issues as the origins of the universe, the nature of human consciousness, the evolution of species and genetic engineering with intimations of profound spirituality and shows how these questions can further our search for ultimate meaning. But above all, his gentle but insistent call for compassion is desperately needed in our torn and conflicted world.”
—Karen Armstrong, author of A HIstory of God and The Spiral Staircase
About the Author
Tenzin Gyatzo, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and is both the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama travels the world speaking on peace and interreligious understanding, giving Buddhist teachings, and meeting with political leaders as he works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people. He resides in Dharamsala, India, and is the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
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What really makes this book great is that, since the Dalai Lama is so well-known and respected, his information comes from some of the greatest Physics minds of our time, and his writings are edited from some of the greatest Physics teachers of our time.
I regularly give this as a gift to those curious about the nature of matter, whether they are without any training or with a fair amount of training in Physics.
Afterall, training does not make one a Physicist, and the absence of training does not excluded them from that title..
A person either is one by their very nature or they are not.
Dalai Lama XIV unfolds profound wisdom and knowledge on the ever increasing areas of sciences and technology, genetics and metaphysics, and how ethics and human values play a role in the direction we should take as humanity, while respecting and encouraging scientific breakthroughs and discoveries. Do science and spirituality coexist, can genetic manipulations and ethics come to a common ground, how can we as humanity face these new advances? Beautifully written , the guy is a complete genius! Somewhat difficult to follow, because his knowledge of areas of science and spirituality is excellence, and his apologetics are unmatched !!
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The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
I am already past page 50 and am absolutely fascinated by this man's journey. This book contains not only his thoughts on both the topics & their relation to one another but also his upbringing, tutoring, conversations, and relationships with many noted scientists & respected scholars.
Another book worth noting that I read in 2013 is:
The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan
Both books are complimentary to one another and are highly recommended in my opinion.
Wonderfully written (how can you not love everything that the Dalai Lama says and writes??) and about a very important topic in our increasingly scientific and technologically driven world. I love hearing religious authorities say that they not only accept scientific advances but that they truly embrace and are very interested in such events. I also love hearing someone give a friendly reminder that our physical world is not the absolute only way to view life and that with great scientific advances come a great need for humans to remember their place in this world-- that we are all connected with each other and with this earth and must act with compassion and awareness while we change this world.
The result is a rich and flavoursome meeting of east and west that makes it apparent both science and Buddhism have much in common and much to teach each other. His holiness covers areas such as the nature of matter and attachment, the big bang (was there one?), quantum physics, and the nature of being.
One of the delights in the Dalai Lama's writing style is his insistence on not only explaining each idea carefully to a non-specialist reader (in either science or Buddhism), but describing with love and compassion his interaction with his teacher in that particular field. It's a beautiful, connected, and enriching way to explore ideas. It's an offer of a true meeting.
This book is an easy read but a challenging one. It's been so carefully wrought that it seems rude not to stop and ponder the deep implications of the science and Buddhist philosophy being revealed. Take the time to enjoy every last skerrick of this precious little book slowly and fully and you will be amply rewarded with precious insights, as I have been.