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In The Quantum and the Lotus, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who trained as a molecular biologist and once worked in the lab of a Nobel prize-winning scientist, and Trinh Thuan, an acclaimed astrophysicist, offer an incisive account of the many remarkable connections between the teachings of Buddhism and the findings of recent science.
Both the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and the discoveries of contemporary science are introduced with great clarity, and students will be profoundly impressed by the many correspondences between the two streams of thought and revelation. Through the course of their dialogue, the authors ultimately offer 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