In this rare, personal investigation, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama discusses his vision of science and faith working hand in hand to
alleviate human suffering. Drawing on a lifetime of scientific study and
religious practice, he explores many of the great debates and makes
astonishing connections between seemingly disparate topics such as evolution
and karma that will change the way we look at our world.....Only one other
bookthe New York Times bestselling Ethics for the New Millenniumhas been
published with such intense personal involvement from the Dalai Lama himself.
Now, as we face such troubled and uncertain times, the need has never been
greater for this extraordinary man's compassionate thoughts and wise words.
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'With disarming honesty, humility, and respect, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has explored the relationship between religion and science and suggested the way in which they can affirm and qualify each other's insights. By juxtaposing traditional Buddhist teaching with the discoveries of modern physics and biology, he infuses the debate about such contentious issues as the origins of the universe, the nature of human consciousness, the evolution of species and genetic engineering with intimations of profound spirituality and shows how these questions can further our search for ultimate meaning. But above all, his gentle but insistent call for compassion is desperately needed in our torn and conflicted world.' - Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the
head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July
1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo,
northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named
Lhamo Dhondup at that time, was recognized as the reincarnation of the
13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to
be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of
Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are
enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to
take rebirth in order to serve humanity.
His Holiness began his monastic education at the age of six. The curriculum consisted of five major and five minor subjects. The major subjects were ...
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