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The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet Hardcover – Dec 4 2001


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (Dec 4 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609608541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609608548
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #599,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge L. Pedret on April 29 2009
Format: Paperback
Was totally what I was expecting from this book. I've shared this book with 3 friends already and they've loved it. It's enlightening and will show you what Buddhism knew thousands of years ago that western science is discovering now.

5 stars - Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Benn on Feb. 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
The mystery of the wonderful journey of Human-kind is here secretly unravelled through the power of Mind-kinds of two brilliant scientist,Trinh Xuan Thuan and philosopher, Matthieu Ricard. An astonishing dialog that brings us closer to the crossroads of the 2500 years old Wisdom of buddhism and a younger but strongly established network of Science. Matthieu Ricard acts in this fake fighting, full of sharp remarks, to put on our still unconscious self-screen an image of what could be called Wisdom. Producing counter-arguments that provoke a tension, worthwhile to find our way, Trinh Xuan Thuan proves the western intellect has enough material to compete and some ideas of high calibra. In the end, the question is left for us to decide if these two worlds can accmodate a common ground. This should not be a problem, given the Quest is the same: what is Wisdom?
A book highly recommended for those who want to broaden their mind. Don't worry, apparently it has no boudaries...
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Whew !!! If you want to purchase a book that will require you to read it a number of times because of its complex content, this is it! A scientist who became a Buddist Monk and a Buddist who became an astrophysicist have an open and recorded conversation about the meaning (if any) of life, the illusive definiton of consciousness, the origin of the universe and in what direction is man evolving are the main topics of this discussion. While, at first glance, this appears to be predictively as successful as mixing water with oil, the results are surprisingly enlightening. The Buddist mantra that has been with us for over 2500 years is proving to be scientifically verifyable through quantum mechanics and relativity. And conversely, the last decades which have led to the uncertainty principles of the science of physics are proven out in through the contemplative exercizes of Buddism. East has truly met West and are in at least partial agreement with one another in most of major questions of existence that have been with us throughout the ages.
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Format: Hardcover
First of all, this is a unique book that helps you really understand buddhism especially if you are familiar with modern day physics.
Robert Thurman, the Tibetan Schoolar said that Buddhism is "an education system", not a religion. Then the steps that one takes reading this book are like clear concise course work. The authors explain modern quatum mechanics and shows how the notion of
"inherent emptiness" is reflected in a scientific theory that has been rigorously tested.
What I learned from this book is a new way of looking at reality.
This reality is a non-material , non -linear reality that somehow coincides with modern scientific test results. We begin to see how the discipline and rigour with which science is held up to applies just as well to Buddhist thought processes. So that is the beauty of the book. Buddhism is not about faith, the practice is about finding what works through learning and practical experience.
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By Mike Morgan on Aug. 17 2002
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a real scientist and a real Buddhist philosopher present a fair, balanced, and realistic dialogue on the correspondence between the modern scientific and Buddhist cosmologies. Watch out, Fritjof Capra and Wes Nisker, we're coming to getcha! Reality breaks through with a vengeance...
Hopefully, this book will set a new standard for writing on the subject of Eastern religions and the "new science." No longer will solipsistic arm-waving be allowed - only sincere and open communication, from the heart, between truly informed scientific and spiritual perspectives.
I find this book refreshing, hard-nosed, unafraid, and therefore liberating from our current fuzzy literature in this area. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Matthieu and Trinh.
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