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Introduction: Buddhism and Science--Breaking Down the Barriers, by B. Alan Wallace Part 1 Historical Context Buddhism and Science: On the Nature of the Dialogue, by Josc Ignacio Cabezon Science As an Ally or a Rival Philosophy? Tibetan Buddhist Thinkers' Engagement with Modern Science, by Thupten Jinpa Part 2 Buddhism and the Cognitive Sciences Understanding and Transforming the Mind, by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama The Concepts "Self", "Person", and "I" in Western Psychology and in Buddhism, by David Galin Common Ground, Common Cause: Buddhism and Science on the Afflictions of Identity, by William S. Waldron Imagining: Embodiment, Phenomenology, and Transformation, by Francisco J. Varela and Natalie Depraz Lucid Dreaming and the Yoga of the Dream State: A Psychophysiological Perspective, by Stephen LaBerge On the Relevance of a Contemplative Science, by Matthieu Ricard Part 3 Buddhism and the Physical Sciences Emptiness and Quantum Theory, by William L. Ames Time and Impermanence in Middle Way Buddhism and Modern Physics, by Victor Mansfield A Cure for Metaphysical Illusions: Kant Quantum Mechanics and Madhyamaka, by Michel Bitbol Emptiness and Relativity, by David Ritz Finkelstein Encounters Between Buddhist and Quantum Epistemologies, by Anton Zeilinger Conclusion: Life As a Laboratory, by Piet Hut Appendix: A History of the Mind and Life Institute

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Distinguished philosophers, Buddhist scholars, physicists, and cognitive scientists examine the contrasts and connections between the worlds of Western science and Buddhism. Contributors, the Dalai Lama among them, assess not only the fruits of inquiry from East and West, they shed light on the underlying assumptions of these disparate world views.

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B. Alan Wallace, founder and director of the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness, studied physics as an undergraduate at Amherst College and received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Stanford University. Wallace trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland and has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976. He also served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including the Dalai Lama. His other published works include Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind, The Bridge of Quiescence: Experiencing Buddhist Meditation, and The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness.


"My brief remarks cannot do justice to the wide-ranging sweep of these papers and their thoughtful treatment of often difficult concepts. Wallace's volume is an important contribution to the emerging dialogue between Buddhism and science, and to the larger rapprochement between science and spirituality." -- Arthur Zajonc, Professor of Physics, Amherst College, Buddhadharma "...the book is a crucial work that provides a foundation for future efforts..." -- Aparna Sharma, Leonardo Reviews "An important contribution to the area of Buddhism and science." -- Richard K. Payne, Theology and Science "Qantum theory's affinities with the Buddhist concept of emptiness...and consciousness are amoung some of the enlightening and thought-provoking subjects explored in this book." -- Southeastern Naturalist

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