By B. Alan Wallace

Buddhism and Science brings jointly exceptional philosophers, Buddhist students, physicists, and cognitive scientists to check the contrasts and connections among the worlds of Western technological know-how and japanese spirituality. This compilation was once encouraged via a tenet made through His Holiness the Dalai Lama, himself one of many individuals, after one among a sequence of cross-cultural medical dialogues in Dharamsala, India, backed through the brain and lifestyles Institute. different members equivalent to William L. Ames, Matthieu Ricard, and Stephen LaBerge investigate not just the end result of inquiry from East and West but in addition make clear the underlying assumptions of those disparate worldviews. Their essays creatively tackle a huge variety of subject matters: from quantum theory’s stunning affinities with the Buddhist idea of vacancy, to the expanding desire within the West for a extra contemplative technological know-how attuned to the first-person research of the brain, to the real ways that the mental examine of "lucid dreaming" maps related terrain to the cultivation of the Tibetan Buddhist self-discipline of dream yoga.

Reflecting its big choice of subject matters, Buddhism and Science is made from 3 sections. the 1st provides old overviews of the engagements among Buddhism and glossy technology or, really, how Buddhism and sleek technological know-how have outlined, rivaled, or complemented each other. the second one describes the methods Buddhism and the cognitive sciences tell one another; the 3rd addresses issues of intersection among Buddhism and the actual sciences. at the broadest point this paintings illuminates how other ways of exploring the character of human id, the brain, and the universe at huge can improve and enlighten one another.

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