Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed (Buddhism by Donald S. Lopez Jr.

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Beginning within the 19th century and carrying on with to the current day, either Buddhists and admirers of Buddhism have proclaimed the compatibility of Buddhism and technology. Their assertions have ranged from modest claims concerning the efficacy of meditation for psychological future health to grander declarations that the Buddha himself expected the theories of relativity, quantum physics and the massive bang greater than millennia ago.

In Buddhism and Science, Donald S. Lopez Jr. is much less drawn to comparing the accuracy of such claims than in exploring how and why those likely disparate modes of figuring out the internal and outer universe were so again and again associated. Lopez opens with an account of the increase and fall of Mount Meru, the nice height that stands on the middle of the flat earth of Buddhist cosmography—and which was once interpreted anew as soon as it proved incompatible with glossy geography. From there, he analyzes the best way Buddhist suggestions of religious the Aristocracy have been enlisted to help the infamous technological know-how of race within the 19th century. Bringing the tale to the current, Lopez explores the Dalai Lama’s curiosity in clinical discoveries, in addition to the results of analysis on meditation for neuroscience.   


Lopez argues that by means of offering an historical Asian culture as appropriate with—and even anticipating—scientific discoveries, ecu fanatics and Asian elites have sidestepped the debates at the relevance of faith within the smooth global that started within the 19th century and nonetheless flare at the present time. As new discoveries proceed to reshape our realizing of brain and topic, Buddhism and Science should be necessary studying for these enthusiastic about faith, technological know-how, and their usually vexed relation.

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