By Dalai Lama
Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our belief of who we're and the place we stand on this planet, and of their wake have left an uneasy coexistence: technological know-how vs. faith, religion vs. empirical inquiry. that is the keeper of fact? that is the real route to figuring out reality?
After 40 years of research with the various maximum medical minds, in addition to a life of meditative, religious, and philosophic examine, the Dalai Lama offers a super research of why all avenues of inquiry—scientific in addition to spiritual—must be pursued so that it will arrive at an entire photo of the reality. via an exam of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical perception into the character of truth, neurobiology and the examine of recognition, the Dalai Lama attracts major parallels among contemplative and medical examinations of reality.
This breathtakingly own exam is a tribute to the Dalai Lama’s teachers—both of technology and spirituality. The legacy of this booklet is a imaginative and prescient of the area within which our diverse ways to figuring out ourselves, our universe, and each other could be introduced jointly within the carrier of humanity.
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