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.

Brenda Cooper

About Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper is a writer, a technology professional, and a futurist. Brenda writes science fiction, fantasy, poetry, and non-fiction. Two of her novels, The Silver Ship and the Sea and Edge of Dark, have won the Endeavour Award for the best science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author. Wilders was also short-listed for the P.K. Dick award. She is also currently the Director of Information Technology at Lease Crutcher Lewis, a premier Pacific Northwest builder. Her love of technology, science, and science fiction combines to drive her interest in the future, and she delivers keynote addresses in the future a few times a year.

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.