The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
This book is perfect for critical thinkers and analytical minds like my own. For a very long time I have been trying to integrate my spiritual side with the logical and inquisitive parts of myself and not doing a great job. This book really hit home for me in that those two parts of myself do not have to be mutually exclusive and that both can somehow coexist in harmony. Somehow. lol.
I’ve always thought The Dalai Lama was amazing, and I feel that even more strongly now after having read some of his works. He is so grounded and honest in his quest to investigate how science and spirituality relate. What’s especially interesting to me is how he says that “if scientific analysis were to conclusively demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” In that way, this work seems completely open and sincere.
Might the Big Bang only signify the beginning of our universe ? What of others ?
The one confusion I have is that he refers to sentient beings as contained. How can the concept of a bounded being be reconciled with how he said everything is dependent and there are no independent entities ? Or maybe I’m just not well versed in Buddhism and don’t understand. Likely. Maybe those beings are just less enlightened and experience themselves as bounded/don’t see the relational nature of everything?
Either way, definitely worth a read.