By Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan
Matthieu Ricard knowledgeable as a molecular biologist, operating within the lab of a Nobel prize—winning scientist, but if he learn a few Buddhist philosophy, he turned attracted to Buddhism. ultimately he left his existence in technology to check with Tibetan lecturers, 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 was once born right into a Buddhist family members in Vietnam yet turned intrigued by way of the explosion of discoveries in astronomy throughout the Sixties. He made his solution 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 an instructional convention in the summertime of 1997, they started discussing the various outstanding connections among the lessons of Buddhism and the findings of contemporary technological know-how. That dialog grew into an miraculous correspondence exploring a chain of attention-grabbing questions. Did the universe have a starting? Or is our universe one in a chain of countless universes without finish and no starting? Is the idea that of a starting of time essentially fallacious? may possibly our conception of time in truth 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 appropriate stipulations for all times to adapt, an indication “principle of creation” is at paintings in our global? If this sort of precept of production undergirds the workings of the universe, what does that let us know approximately even if there's a divine writer? How does the unconventional interpretation of truth provided via quantum physics agree to and but range from the Buddhist belief of fact? 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 form of a full of life discussion among buddies. either the elemental teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of up to date technology are brought with nice readability, and the reader can be profoundly inspired via the numerous correspondences among the 2 streams of suggestion and revelation. during the process their discussion, the authors succeed in a impressive assembly of minds, finally providing an important new realizing of the various ways that technology and Buddhism determine and supplement one another and of the ways that, as Matthieu Ricard writes, “knowledge of our spirits and information of the realm are together enlightening and empowering.”
“The Quantum and the Lotus is a mind-expanding, eye-opening exploration of the interesting parallels among state of the art pondering in physics and Buddhism–a scintillating dialog any considering individual might have fun with 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 technology and Buddhist philosophy. This amazing booklet will give a contribution tremendously to a greater knowing of the genuine nature of our global and how we are living our lives.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama