In this book-length conversation, French Buddhist monk Ricard and Vietnamese-born astrophysicist Trinh explore how Buddhism and modern science address life's big questions. Among the matters they touch on, sometimes fleetingly and sometimes in depth, are the illusory nature of phenomena, the guiding intelligence of nature, and the search for the mechanisms that drive planets and humans alike. Both authors, each conversant in the other's medium, argue against reductionist views of nature. And both provide plenty of data that support Albert Einstein's declaration that "if there is any religion that could correspond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism".
Hard-nosed sceptics will perhaps find Ricard and Trinh's reconciliation arguable. Still, the record of their conversation makes both for fascinating reading and for a useful overview of scientific reasoning and spiritual inquiry. --Gregory McNamee
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This book started very disappointingly, with what I felt was a lot of leading the reader to conclusions. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002 by owookiee
First of all, this is a unique book that helps you really understand buddhism especially if you are familiar with modern day physics. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2002 by Amazon Customer
A book that most people should read as it is a book most people think about once in their lives. I am absolutely happy I bought it. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Al Madisen
"If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science," Einstein said, "it would be Buddhism" (p. 282). Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by G. Merritt