The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

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His Holiness, the Dali Lama
Morgan Road Books; First Edition edition (September 13, 2005) Book Description:

Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world, and in their wake have left an uneasy coexistence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical inquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?

After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds, as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophic study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why all avenues of inquiry—scientific as well as spiritual—must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examinations of reality.

This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama’s teachers—both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe, and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity.

Read a NYTimes Book Review by George Johnson, author of “Miss Leavitt’s Stars,” and recipient of the 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion.


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  1. Joseph Byrne says:

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama clearly shows many of the parallels between Buddhist thought and scientific thought and makes his case that not only are spirtuality and science compatable, but that we have a moral obligation to bring about a collaboration between the two. A great read that not only presents an important message many can embrace but at the very least is a great introduction to Budhist philosophy and thought.

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  2. Joseph Delgado says:

    The Dalai Lama brings to mind the spiritual and mental ideals that we as a global community must overcome. By drawing critical comparisons between faith and science, the Dalai Lama demonstrates the benefits of a mutualistic relationship between the spiritual and scientific worlds. The perspective taken on these matters is unlike any other and leaves the reader with a unique experience that can only be attributed to the teachings of the Dalai Lama. An overall fantastic read that serves to both educate while simultaneously teaching important lessons about philosophy and truth.

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