Reading Recommendation: The Dalai Lama on Science and Spirituality

Reading Recommendation: The Dalai Lama on Science and Spirituality

April 25th, 2007 | Posted in Asides, Science & Tech

I’ve been listening to The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, by the Dalai Lama. There are strong insights in it about both topics – spirituality and science. There are great stories about many of the famous people in science and about the upbringing of tibetan monks. But that isn’t the important part.

The Dalai Lama discusses something I think is really important, which is the need to talk about science in the context of who we are as humans, and to understand that ethics matters. The book repeats a single simple budhist goal over and over – to reduce the suffering of mankind. This wouldn’t be a bad dream for science to adopt.

This is a wise book. To get through the tough parts of the next few decades, a good helping of mindful wisdom might go well with our science. If you pick this up, or you’ve already read it, consider posting a comment and sharing your thoughts.

About Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper has been delivering keynote addresses on the future for over a decade. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Futurist Magazine and on She is also currently writing a non-fiction series called Backing into Eden, which is being re-published on multiple websites. Her talks are upbeat and positive, and generally focus on how we can solve the big problems facing mankind right now.

1 Comment

  1. Jan   |   Jul 14, 2008

    I haven’t read the book yet, actually I only learned the book just now as I stumbled to your site. It really interests me when a book talks about mankind and how to get out from the cruelty of the world.
    I think spirituality plays an essential role in every mankind. This book is a must-have.
    Spirituality and science, we know that these can never coincide with each other in terms of principles and beliefs. This adds my interest.
    Thanks for sharing it.