The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where by Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan

By Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan

EISBN-13: 978-0-307-56612-6

Matthieu Ricard informed as a molecular biologist, operating within the lab of a Nobel prize—winning scientist, but if he learn a few Buddhist philosophy, he turned interested in Buddhism. ultimately he left his existence in technology to check with Tibetan academics, and he's now a Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama, dwelling within the Shechen monastery close to Kathmandu in Nepal. Trinh Thuan used to be born right into a Buddhist relatives in Vietnam yet turned intrigued through the explosion of discoveries in astronomy through the Nineteen Sixties. He made his strategy to the celebrated California Institute of know-how to check with a few of the greatest names within the box and is now an acclaimed astrophysicist and expert on how the galaxies shaped.

When Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Thuan met at a tutorial convention in the summertime of 1997, they begun discussing the numerous striking connections among the lessons of Buddhism and the findings of contemporary technology. That dialog grew into an wonderful correspondence exploring a chain of attention-grabbing questions. Did the universe have a starting? Or is our universe one in a sequence of limitless universes without finish and no starting? Is the concept that of a starting of time essentially unsuitable? may possibly our notion of time in reality be an phantasm, a phenomenon created in our brains that has no final fact? Is the beautiful fine-tuning of the universe, which has produced simply the suitable stipulations for all times to adapt, an indication “principle of creation” is at paintings in our international? If the sort of precept of construction undergirds the workings of the universe, what does that let us know approximately even if there's a divine author? How does the unconventional interpretation of fact provided via quantum physics agree to and but range from the Buddhist perception of truth? what's recognition and the way did it evolve? Can attention exist except a mind producing it?

The stimulating trip of discovery the authors traveled of their discussions is re-created fantastically in The Quantum and the Lotus, written within the type of a full of life discussion among associates. either the elemental teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of up to date technology are brought with nice readability, and the reader may be profoundly inspired by way of the numerous correspondences among the 2 streams of idea and revelation. throughout the process their discussion, the authors succeed in a extraordinary assembly of minds, eventually delivering a necessary new figuring out of the numerous ways that technology and Buddhism be certain and supplement one another and of the ways that, as Matthieu Ricard writes, “knowledge of our spirits and data of the area are jointly enlightening and empowering.”

The Quantum and the Lotus is a mind-expanding, eye-opening exploration of the intriguing parallels among state of the art considering in physics and Buddhism–a scintillating dialog any considering individual may savor overhearing.” —Daniel Goleman, writer of Emotional Intelligence

The Quantum and the Lotus is the wealthy and encouraging results of a deeply fascinating discussion among Western technological know-how and Buddhist philosophy. This amazing ebook will give a contribution tremendously to a greater knowing of the genuine nature of our international and how we are living our lives.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Human beings have reason and free will, and can use these to understand the 33 Karma and Rebirth are former human beings who developed strong attachments which 4. The Buddhist Universe: The circle in the middle represents the flat surface of the earth which was thought to support four large continents of different shapes. Above this are the heavenly mansions inhabited by the gods, and below the hells and other realms of suffering. 1820 Dharma and implement Buddhist teachings. Life as a human being is thus seen as the ‘middle way’ in offering an appropriate balance between pleasure and suffering.

Although in practice many Buddhists – both monks and laymen – fervently desire this, it is not the final solution to suffering that Buddhism seeks. The Buddha was dissatisfied with the temporary bliss he attained through the trances taught to him by his teachers, and the sublime existence enjoyed by the gods is but a prolongation of this experience. Sooner or later the good karma that results in a heavenly birth will run its course and even the gods will die and be reborn. Karmic energy is finite and eventually expires, not unlike that of a spacecraft in a decaying orbit.

First Sermon and Teaching Career Arriving in a park set aside for royal deer near Benares the Buddha was, after some initial hesitation, welcomed by his former colleagues who quickly realized the transformation which had taken place in him. The Buddha proclaimed himself a Tatha¯gata (‘one who has attained what is really so’) and preached his first sermon, a momentous event in the history of Buddhism. The first sermon is preserved as a discourse (sutta) called Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma.

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