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Einstein and Buddha


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IntroductionEditor's PrefaceParallel Sayings, Parallel WorldsThe Parallel Sayings> The Human Experience> The Touchstone of Truth> Paradox and Contradiction> Speakable and Unspeakable> Subject and Object> Name and Form> Illusions and Delusions> Waves, Fields and Energy> Particles and Matter> Wholeness and Interdependence> Time and Space> Manifestation and Causality> Unity and Plurality> Physics and MysticismBibliographyAbout the Author

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Thomas J. McFarlane is "an independent scholar of no mean stature" in the words of eminent professor of religion and philosophy Huston Smith. His writings on science and religion have appeared in journals and conference proceedings, and he has given talks on the subject for over a decade. A graduate of Stanford University in physics, he also holds advanced degrees in mathematics and in philosophy and religion. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been immersed in the study and practice of the world's spiritual traditions for over 12 years. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Wes Nisker, who penned the introduction, is also the author of two bestselling books: Buddha's Nature (Bantam) and the underground classic, Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press). He has practiced Buddhist meditation for 30 years with various teachers in Asia and the West, and is the founder and editor of the bi-annual Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind. He teaches retreats and workshops on Buddhist meditation and philosophy at venues internationally, and is affiliated with Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.


Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings has sold more than 30,000 copies for Ulysses Press, which follows up with Thomas J. McFarlane's Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings. While the sayings offer some striking convergences between scientific reflections and various Eastern writers' statements on knowledge, impermanence, existence and the universe, their brevity and diversity make for some shallowness of thought. "Einstein" here represents not just Albert Einstein, but Werner Heisenberg, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Richard Feynman and David Bohm a scientific menagerie so various that Feynman in particular would have gotten a hearty chuckle from their being lumped together. And "Buddha" is not merely Buddha, or even Buddhist writers, but a hodgepodge of Buddhist, Vedic, Taoist and Confucianist scriptures. Religion and science is such a rich topic that it deserves more careful attention than is possible in this format. Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Einstein and Buddha---1569752745-$19.00-Ulysses Press-09/2001-

"The sayings offer striking convergences between scientific reflections and various Eastern writers' statements on knowledge, impermanence, existence and the universe."
- Publishers Weekly

"McFarlane dispels the notion that facts belong solely to science and faith to spiritual pursuits."
- NAPRA ReView

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