|Author:||His Holiness the Dalai Lama|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2006|
|Number of Pages:||216|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.4|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.26 x 0.6 x 7.98|
The exiled 14th Dalai Lama was born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family living in a former Tibetan village. He was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous spiritual leader of his nation at the age of two and enthroned on February 22, 1940. In 1959 he and 100,000 followers fled the country following a failed revolt against the Communist Chinese forces that had occupied Tibet for almost a decade.
Since that time, the Dalai Lama has met with numerous world leaders and U. N. officials in a tireless effort to free his country and preserve the traditional Tibetan way of life. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and has been awarded honorary citizenships by many international cities and countries, as well as multiple honorary degrees and human rights awards. In 2007 the Dalai Lama received the United States Congressional Gold Medal. He has written many books and lectures around the world.
What are we developing scientifically and why? Do we know if we are spiritually present when we make such personal and collective decisions? How can we keep our humility, self-awareness, and a measure of morality where research and development advancements are concerned? The Dalai Lama asks these human value-based questions as he ponders the meeting point of science and spirituality, especially as it relates to quality of life in scientific endeavors.
Along the way, he shares his own experiences with science, exploring Buddhist "emptiness", the theories of relativity and evolution, the role of consciousness (referencing leading scientists and Buddhist figures), the "beginningless, endless" Buddhist concept, and the West's big bang theory. Ultimately, he finds, the key to honoring the preciousness of life and balance in nature is vigilance in staying compassionately motivated. This, he holds, is our true purpose as sentient beings on Earth.
Though the Dalai Lama aims to reach a wide audience and offers a fair, nicely written, and thoughtful treatise, the subject matter will primarily appeal to spiritual types and to altruistic, ethical physicists and biologists. Recommended for psychology and special interest collections in medical and larger public libraries.
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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.
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