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The Universe in a Single Atom - The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

Dalai Lama

Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality? After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs-beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience-can lock us into fundamentalist cages. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality. "I believe that spirituality and science are complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth," His Holiness writes. "In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom." This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama's teachers-both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity. From the Hardcover edition.

Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality? After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs-beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience-can lock us into fundamentalist cages. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality. "I believe that spirituality and science are complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth," His Holiness writes. "In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom." This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama's teachers-both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity. From the Hardcover edition.
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Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality? After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs-beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience-can lock us into fundamentalist cages. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality. "I believe that spirituality and science are complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth," His Holiness writes. "In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom." This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama's teachers-both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Gere

Length:

5h 59m


Chapters

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04:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:40


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

01:22


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

01:59


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

01:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:43


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

01:42


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:11


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:02