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~DOWNLOAD ♫ L'Infini dans la Paume de la Main ⚒ Matthieu Ricard Trained As A Molecular Biologist, Working In The Lab Of A Nobel Prize Winning Scientist, But When He Read Some Buddhist Philosophy, He Became Drawn To Buddhism Eventually He Left His Life In Science To Study With Tibetan Teachers, And He Is Now A Buddhist Monk And Translator For The Dalai Lama, Living In The Shechen Monastery Near Kathmandu In Nepal Trinh Thuan Was Born Into A Buddhist Family In Vietnam But Became Intrigued By The Explosion Of Discoveries In Astronomy During The S He Made His Way To The Prestigious California Institute Of Technology To Study With Some Of The Biggest Names In The Field And Is Now An Acclaimed Astrophysicist And Specialist On How The Galaxies Formed When Matthieu Ricard And Trinh Thuan Met At An Academic Conference In The Summer Of , They Began Discussing The Many Remarkable Connections Between The Teachings Of Buddhism And The Findings Of Recent Science That Conversation Grew Into An Astonishing Correspondence Exploring A Series Of Fascinating Questions Did The Universe Have A Beginning Or Is Our Universe One In A Series Of Infinite Universes With No End And No Beginning Is The Concept Of A Beginning Of Time Fundamentally Flawed Might Our Perception Of Time In Fact Be An Illusion, A Phenomenon Created In Our Brains That Has No Ultimate Reality Is The Stunning Fine Tuning Of The Universe, Which Has Produced Just The Right Conditions For Life To Evolve, A Sign That A Principle Of Creation Is At Work In Our World If Such A Principle Of Creation Undergirds The Workings Of The Universe, What Does That Tell Us About Whether Or Not There Is A Divine Creator How Does The Radical Interpretation Of Reality Offered By Quantum Physics Conform To And Yet Differ From The Buddhist Conception Of Reality What Is Consciousness And How Did It Evolve Can Consciousness Exist Apart From A Brain Generating It The Stimulating Journey Of Discovery The Authors Traveled In Their Discussions Is Re Created Beautifully In The Quantum And The Lotus, Written In The Style Of A Lively Dialogue Between Friends Both The Fundamental Teachings Of Buddhism And The Discoveries Of Contemporary Science Are Introduced With Great Clarity, And The Reader Will Be Profoundly Impressed By The Many Correspondences Between The Two Streams Of Thought And Revelation Through The Course Of Their Dialogue, The Authors Reach A Remarkable Meeting Of Minds, Ultimately Offering A Vital New Understanding Of The Many Ways In Which Science And Buddhism Confirm And Complement Each Other And Of The Ways In Which, As Matthieu Ricard Writes, Knowledge Of Our Spirits And Knowledge Of The World Are Mutually Enlightening And Empowering The Quantum And The Lotus Is A Mind Expanding, Eye Opening Exploration Of The Exciting Parallels Between Cutting Edge Thinking In Physics And Buddhism A Scintillating Conversation Any Thinking Person Would Delight In Overhearing Daniel Goleman, Author Of Emotional Intelligence The Quantum And The Lotus Is The Rich And Inspiring Result Of A Deeply Interesting Dialogue Between Western Science And Buddhist Philosophy This Remarkable Book Will Contribute Greatly To A Better Understanding Of The True Nature Of Our World And The Way We Live Our Lives His Holiness The Dalai Lama
My kind of philosophical discoursethe intersection of buddhism and science As told by a buddhist monk and an astrophysicist Highly recommended I read a lot of it in the car today on a massive road trip, and I have to admit, it helped put some of my recent life changes into perspective The part on time actually blew my mind, and re encouraged me to get my future tattoo. I really enjoyed this read Lately, the discussions in my Buddhist class have inspired me to brush up on my physics neurobiology knowledge When we talk about the mind and Emptiness, there s a lot of assumptions that people throw about the classroom not realising that these assumptions don t agree with the current findings of modern science I wanted to clear up my own doubts and confusion The Quantum and the Lotus really revived my love of science philosophy Both have a lot to offer and anything that makes us question our mundane thoughts routine is a blessing indeed I really recommend this for anyone curious about the Buddhist philosophy of Emptiness It s a good foundation for any of the tricky thoughts that will naturally come up as soon as you start poking at the subject of Emptiness. Of all the books I ve read about Buddhism and science most especially Physics this may be the most useful and accessible I was delighted to sit in on the conversation between this monk and physicist to see both their differences and the profound similarities in their understanding of reality.Ricard is a penetrative thinker and he can strongly present the Buddhist view At times I felt like Thuan, while certainly extremely competent as a physicist, may not be up to Ricard s philosophically astute standard.When all is said and done, I find Ricard s arguments most convincing, but still remain far from convinced that consciousness cannot be grounded completely in the brain This makes me a naturalist not necessarily the typical materialist he would argue against The notion that consciousness co arises with matter is impressive, but that it can exist in a dis embodied state goes further than the evidence allows in my opinion. I was quite eager to read this book, but I found it hard to follow because of the conversational way it was written I have issues with when the Buddhist Mr Ricard says things along the lines of why limit science to things than can be rationalized and proven with mathematics That is the definition of science Anything claiming to be science yet does not meet those criteria is either pseudo science, conjecture, or a lie It is akin to calling a turkey burger a hamburger They might look similar but they are completely different I wish I weren t so hungry at the moment, I might have come up with a better analogy Aside from that, I assume that either I am too indoctrinated with western thought patterns, or I am too dense to fully comprehend the Buddhist conceptsand because of that I had a hard time accepting many of the truths revealed in this book.I felt the physicist, Mr Thuan, led most of the conversations and hardly let the Mr Ricard elaborate of some things.Overall I felt that this book of quantum mysticism attempted to claim that Buddhists have had it right all along, which I personally believe that no one has it all figured out yet It is an interesting coincidence that the Buddhist way of thinking parallels much of modern physics concepts, but to attempt to claim that the western world is finally seeing the same things the Buddha spoke about is not cool. Matthieu Ricard is a Buddist monk of the Tibetan tradition who serves as the Dalai Lama s official French translator Trinh Xuan Thuan is professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia This book is framed as a conversation between the two about the areas where Buddhism and science converge, as well as where they part ways The Quantum and the Lotus is steeped in theory and philosophy, but guides the reader through most of the concepts adroitly via examples that are enumerated as part of the dialogue This Socratic method helps keep the material interesting and understandable, though it may lead the reader into a false complacency by allowing the authors questions substitute his her own.In general, the authors are frank in their discourse, and critical of each others assumptions There are a few points where this scrutiny appears to drop off a bit, especially on the side of the scientist Every chapter also ends with the monk giving the final word on the subject at hand, which may be a slightly biased way of presenting the conversation The book makes up for this in part by placing the scientist s final conclusions after the monk s, though it must be noted that even here he finishes with an uncritical statement in favor of Buddhist spiritualism that is not sufficiently explored in the body of the book.The two men definitely have some profound ideas to impart, and whether one agrees with their conclusions or not, the questions are definitely worth spending some time pondering. Buddhism And The Discussion Between Science And ReligionThe nature of the relationship, and the compatibility, between the scientific and the religious outlook continues to fascinate scientists, religious people, and philosophers Most of the many books on this subject deal with religion in general terms or concentrate on Western theistic religions primarily Christianity and Judaism The Quantum and the Lotus is a fascinating discussion of Buddhism and science told through articulate and intelligent exchanges between Matthieu Ricard and Trihn Xuan Thuan Ricard earned a PhD in chemistry in France before leaving a promising career to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk Thuan is a Vietnamese who became enad of science at an early age and is a world renowned astrophysicist and writer.The most important sections of this book are the introduction, which sets the problem, and the conclusion Science does not satisfy the spiritual needs of man his need to end suffering, understand himself, and the nature of his world to find meaning How is it possible to find religious meaning in a world where science seems to be the only source of knowledge In his introduction, Ricard argues that science and Buddhism approach reality in different ways He finds Buddhism non dogmatic, willing to accept scientific findings and based on an introspection into the human condition with Buddha as a guide Thuan agrees that human beings need spirituality as well as science.There are fifteen chapters discussing with impressing erudition specific scientific issues and how Buddhists might view them We get discussions of the big bang theory of quantum mechanics, the nature of time, computers and thought, and the nature of consciousness, among other topics For a book cast in the form of a discussion, the references are copious.There is a great deal of discussion of Buddhism s focus on indeterminacy and change and its relation to science Also, Ricard focuses of the deep and difficult Buddhist teaching of dependent arising He tries to argue that this teaching shows the untenability of scientific or metaphysical realism the view that science describes an independently existing reality.Ricard also takes issue with theism and here he gets something of a disagreement from Thuan who believes in a Spinozistic concept of God which needs explaining and is something of a scientific realist.There is a wonderful summation by Thusn Made of stardust, we share the same cosmic history as the lions on the savannas and the lavenders in the fields We are all connected through time and space, and thus interdependent page 280 Some of this book is highly technical and Ricard, is spite of himself is over dogmatic in places This is still a wonderful book It teaches a secular spirituality in the words of Ricard and may be read with benefit by those with no particular commitment to Buddhism.Robin Friedman I am certainly no physicist and though familiar with many concepts explored in this fascinating book I did get a bit lost from time to time The parallels between Buddhist teachings and the understanding now emerging from quantum physics is astonishing That the nature of perception and reality explored over 2,000 years by Buddhist scholars is now being substantiated experimentally should be cause for the western world to at least begin to call into question the beliefs and assumptions that have been the drivers of that culture for hundreds of years Beliefs and assumptions that while they have yielded wonders have also seen the desolation of our planet and the isolation and despair of the majority of our populations It may be too late for our society, now dominated by the forces that have reaped the benefits of corruption, greed and selfishness that lie at the core of our civilization, but there must be room for all of us as individuals to question and then to deny, defy and opt out of the mess to something better I hope so, otherwise there is nothing left but the counsels of despair. A Buddhist who became a scientist Trinh Xuan Thuan and a scientist who became a Buddhist Mathieu Ricard sit down and talk about science and spirituality the result is a dialogue rich with insight and information on both astrophysics and Buddhism all in a fairly accessible language I was very interested in reading this, both because of an interest in physics though I am a hopeless dilettante and because a lot of the so called big questions looked at by science often open interesting conversations and ideas.I really like that Ricard points out the non dogmatic nature of Buddhism sure there is a cosmology, but it s mostly symbolic and contemporary practitioners use it as an aid for meditation, and do not literally believe the mythology The chapter on ethics I found to be particularly interesting I am often appalled at the way science for profit creates untold amounts of human suffering because they main motivation is greed The dialogue focusing on the nature of reality, it s objectivity as in, if reality is something created by consciousness, how come we all live in the same world and perceive certain things the same way is great and gives clear answers from both sides to this seemingly paradoxical concept The conversation on interconnectedness, emptiness and co dependant existence, and how those concepts overlap with many scientific ideas is also great Those ideas can seem very lofty and difficult to grasp when explained in a purely theological language, as where showing the scientific parallels to those concepts make them not just easier to grasp, but also tangible The chapter on artificial intelligence made me scratch my head a little bit my edition is dated from 2001, so obviously, the topic has evolved enormously over the last seventeen years, but both positions at the time were that a machine will never be able to self reflect enough for artificial consciousness to arise I am no AI expert, but I think that s an outdated notion at this point as far as I can tell, most research done on the topic of artificial consciousness was done after this book was published.I ll be honest, the book is ever so slightly biased in favor of Ricard almost every chapter ends on his note, so you really get this feeling that he won the argument I agree that it is remarkable how often the Buddhist way of thinking runs parallel to many astrophysics concepts, but the dialogue often feels framed in a way that makes it sound like Ricard is simply validating his world view by pointing out that science is saying the same things as the Buddha Add to that the fact that Thuan openly admits that he thinks spirituality is as essential to humans as science is If this conversation had taken place between a monk and a hardline atheist scientist, the tone would have been very different But that might also have defeated the purpose of the book, which I believe to have been showing that while science and spirituality might never agree on absolutely everything, they can have a constructive dialogue, and perhaps overlap in places than they might think.Personal nitpicking Ricard talks a lot about reincarnation, something I am carefully agnostic about, and discusses enlightenment as a fixed state like an unlocked achievement that frees you from the cycle of reincarnation , and I have a very different perspective on that When he uses those notions as a way to give weight to his arguments, I tended to groan a bit As interesting as the topics tackled in this book can be, since they are all rather high level ideas in philosophy and physics, I can make for rather heavy text, and I admit I had a hard time staying interested in than one chapter per sitting, which is why it took a while for me to finish reading it Thought provoking but not very engaging read 3 stars. Oh Augusta baby that was so dense and hard to get through I ultimately enjoyed it pushing me to think about quantum physics and meditation, amoung many other scientific theorems and philosophical principles But it is not for the faint of heart.