The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet

The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet

Matthieu Ricard


Matthieu Ricard educated as a molecular biologist, operating within the lab of a Nobel prize—winning scientist, but if he learn a few Buddhist philosophy, he grew to become interested in Buddhism. ultimately he left his lifestyles in technology to review with Tibetan academics, and he's now a Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama, residing within the Shechen monastery close to Kathmandu in Nepal. Trinh Thuan used to be born right into a Buddhist family members in Vietnam yet turned intrigued by way of the explosion of discoveries in astronomy through the Sixties. He made his method to the distinguished California Institute of expertise to review with a few of the largest names within the box and is now an acclaimed astrophysicist and professional on how the galaxies shaped.

When Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Thuan met at an educational convention in the summertime of 1997, they begun discussing the numerous extraordinary connections among the lessons of Buddhism and the findings of contemporary technology. That dialog grew into an spectacular correspondence exploring a chain of attention-grabbing questions. Did the universe have a starting? Or is our universe one in a chain of limitless universes with out finish and no starting? Is the concept that of a starting of time essentially incorrect? could our notion of time in truth be an phantasm, a phenomenon created in our brains that has no final truth? Is the lovely fine-tuning of the universe, which has produced simply the suitable stipulations for all times to conform, an indication “principle of construction” is at paintings in our global? If any such 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 by means of quantum physics agree to and but fluctuate from the Buddhist notion of truth? what's recognition and the way did it evolve? Can realization exist except a mind producing it?

The stimulating trip of discovery the authors traveled of their discussions is re-created superbly in The Quantum and the Lotus, written within the kind of a full of life discussion among associates. either the basic teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of latest technology are brought with nice readability, and the reader might be profoundly inspired through the various correspondences among the 2 streams of idea and revelation. throughout the process their discussion, the authors achieve a extraordinary assembly of minds, eventually supplying a necessary new knowing of the various 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 realm are at the same time 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 pondering individual might relish 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 awesome publication will give a contribution significantly to a greater figuring out of the genuine nature of our international and how we are living our lives.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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