Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 1 - Praise

The Physical World

Explore the nature of our material world in this unique sourcebook, conceived by the Dalai Lama, collecting the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises.



552 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614294726

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Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics offers a rare gift of wisdom from the ancient world to the modern reader. The editors have curated a rich treasure of the philosophy and maps of the mind that have their origins in the early centuries of Indian thought, were preserved in translation for centuries in Tibet, and now are brought to all of us in this translation.”—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“This remarkable set of volumes will be of great interest to any student, scholar, or scientist who wishes to better understand the depth and complexity of the Indian Buddhist tradition. Surprising in their detailed consideration of the senses, particles, time, cosmology, fetal development, and the brain, these volumes are destined to become the resource for cross-disciplinary dialogue between Buddhism and science for many years to come.”—Richard J. Davidson, Founder, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics will quickly become an invaluable resource for all those interested in a cross-cultural understanding of science and the history of ideas. Volume 1 offers a comprehensive treatment of the physical world drawn from the writings of India’s greatest Buddhist philosophers, with an introduction by the Dalai Lama and contextual essays by the eminent scholar Thupten Jinpa. As we seek a multicultural and global perspective on the nature of reality, this volume and those to follow will certainly make a crucial contribution.”—Arthur Zajonc, emeritus professor of physics, Amherst College

“The genesis of science that took place in South Asia was just as demanding in terms of empirical accuracy, explanatory standards, and theoretical ingenuity as science in the West. Unlike modern science, however, it included the experience of meditation among its basic sources of knowledge. This broadening of the empirical horizon promises to trigger a new Renaissance. We are fortunate that the editors here have offered us such a clear presentation of this exceptional resource.”—Michel Bitbol, CNRS (The National Center for Scientific Research), Paris

“Situated in their rich contexts by a superb set of introductory essays, these classic texts reveal a breadth of original thought and observation that presents the modern reader with challenging concepts but rewards them with novel insights.”—Kevan A. C. Martin, Director, Institute of Neuroinfomatics, University of Zurich