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The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet
作者 Ricard, Matthieu ; Trinh, Xuan Thuan
出版日期2004.10
出版者Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing Group)
出版者網址 http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/trp.html
出版地Boston, MA, US [波士頓, 麻薩諸塞州, 美國]
資料類型書籍=Book
使用語言英文=English
關鍵詞Vijnana=Perception; 比丘=Buddhist Monk=Bhiksu=Bhikkhu; 佛教人物=Buddhist; 佛教哲學=Buddhist Doctrines=Buddhist Philosophy; 喇嘛=Lama; 達賴喇嘛=Dalai Lama; 緣起=paticca-samuppada=pratitya-samutpada=conditions; 緣起=pratitya-samutpada=conditions=paticca-samuppada; 靜坐=Meditation; 禪修=Meditation
摘要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 1960s. 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 1997, 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.”

目次[Table of Contents]

Introduction

AT THE CROSSRAODS
TO BE AND NOT TO BE
IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT WATCHMAKER
THE UNIVERSAL IN A GRAIN OF SAND
MIRAGES OF REALITY
LIKE A BOLT FROM THE BLUE
EACH TO HIS OWN REALITY
QUESTIONS OF TIME
CHAOS AND HARMONY
THE VIRTUAL FRONTIER
ROBOTS THAT THINK THEY CAN THINK?
THE GRAMMAR OF THE UNIVERSE
REASON AND CONTEMPALTION
BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
FROM MEDITATION TO ACTION
THE MONK'S CONCLUSION
THE SCIENTIST'S CONCLUSION

Notes
Scientific Glossary
Buddhist Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index
ISBN1400080797
點閱次數594
建檔日期2005.02.04
更新日期2016.09.10










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