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Explore the nature of our material world in a unique sourcebook, conceived by the Dalai Lama, collecting the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises.  Under the visionary supervision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics brings together classical Buddhist explorations of the nature of our material world Explore the nature of our material world in a unique sourcebook, conceived by the Dalai Lama, collecting the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises.  Under the visionary supervision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics brings together classical Buddhist explorations of the nature of our material world and the human mind and puts them into context for the modern reader. It is the Dalai Lama’s view that the explorations by the great masters of northern India in the first millennium CE still have much that is of interest today, whether we are Buddhist or not. Volume 1, The Physical World, explores the nature of our material world—from the macroscopic to the microscopic. It begins with an overview of the many frameworks, such as the so-called five aggregates, that Buddhist thinkers have used to examine the nature and scope of reality. Topics include sources of knowledge, the scope of reason, the nature and constituents of the material world, theories of the atom, the nature of time, the formation of the universe, and the evolution of life, including a detailed explanation of the early Buddhist theories on fetal development. The volume even contains a brief presentation on early theories about the structure and function of the brain and the role of microorganisms inside the human body. The book weaves together passages from the works of great Buddhist thinkers such as Asanga, Vasubandhu, Nagarjuna, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti. Each of the major topics is introduced by Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s principal English-language translator and founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.


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Explore the nature of our material world in a unique sourcebook, conceived by the Dalai Lama, collecting the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises.  Under the visionary supervision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics brings together classical Buddhist explorations of the nature of our material world Explore the nature of our material world in a unique sourcebook, conceived by the Dalai Lama, collecting the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises.  Under the visionary supervision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics brings together classical Buddhist explorations of the nature of our material world and the human mind and puts them into context for the modern reader. It is the Dalai Lama’s view that the explorations by the great masters of northern India in the first millennium CE still have much that is of interest today, whether we are Buddhist or not. Volume 1, The Physical World, explores the nature of our material world—from the macroscopic to the microscopic. It begins with an overview of the many frameworks, such as the so-called five aggregates, that Buddhist thinkers have used to examine the nature and scope of reality. Topics include sources of knowledge, the scope of reason, the nature and constituents of the material world, theories of the atom, the nature of time, the formation of the universe, and the evolution of life, including a detailed explanation of the early Buddhist theories on fetal development. The volume even contains a brief presentation on early theories about the structure and function of the brain and the role of microorganisms inside the human body. The book weaves together passages from the works of great Buddhist thinkers such as Asanga, Vasubandhu, Nagarjuna, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti. Each of the major topics is introduced by Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s principal English-language translator and founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.

47 review for Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 1: The Physical World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chan Vei Siang

    The authors compiled all the scripture, past treaties and literature and arranged very systematically in each chapter. Each literature is properly cited and accompanied with a comprehensive review. This is also a very valuable resource to study the literature of Mahayana Buddhism and ancient Indian thinking, as many of the original scriptures were lost with the past of time. Fortunately, due to the interaction of many civilization from the past, many of their ideas were collected and translated The authors compiled all the scripture, past treaties and literature and arranged very systematically in each chapter. Each literature is properly cited and accompanied with a comprehensive review. This is also a very valuable resource to study the literature of Mahayana Buddhism and ancient Indian thinking, as many of the original scriptures were lost with the past of time. Fortunately, due to the interaction of many civilization from the past, many of their ideas were collected and translated by the Tibetan, Chinese, etc, which are the main sources in this book. The topics included the human's system of senses, some theories that are similar to logical and mathematical theories (computing, set theory, if-else statement), Indian cosmology, particle system, time, elemental objects (a little bit like chemistry), etc. Although it consists of mainly the schools of thought in Mahayana, it also included some Theravada and Pali tradition, as well as other Indian school of thought.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim McGurn

    Rough going as my ignorance is great, but well worth the time invested. Amazing to see that these adepts of 3 or 4 thousand years past plumbed the depths of "modern" metaphysics, science and quantum physics. Rough going as my ignorance is great, but well worth the time invested. Amazing to see that these adepts of 3 or 4 thousand years past plumbed the depths of "modern" metaphysics, science and quantum physics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tony Thorn

    This is one of the most comprehensive books on the nature of material world from a Buddhist perspective. The Dalai Lama has outdone himself in compiling this tome. I can't wait for the next volume. This is one of the most comprehensive books on the nature of material world from a Buddhist perspective. The Dalai Lama has outdone himself in compiling this tome. I can't wait for the next volume.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tashi Lhamo

    Very dense, but for people who wonders about why Buddhist monks and nuns have such a amazing discussion with Scientist. Should read it. Wow mind blowing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tenzin Phurdrön

    Impeccable source of millennial knowledge and wisdom about the material world. A new timeless masterpiece.

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