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Einstein and Buddha : the parallel sayings
McFarlane, Thomas J.
First Ulysses Press edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Seastone, [2002]

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xvi, 177 pages ; 19 cm
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BQ4570.S3 E36 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings shows how modern scientific and ancient Eastern thought reveal the same truths. These parallels touch on the essential nature of energy and matter, the relationship between subject and object, and the limits of language in understanding and describing reality. Science has many times been called the "new religion." Focusing on the importance of science and religion in modern society, Einstein and Buddha shows how the future of humankind may well depend upon the relationship between the two. Provocative, stimulating, and insightful throughout, the book communicates the deep common ground of scientific and spiritual truth between Western thought and Eastern religion.

Author Notes

Thomas J. McFarlane has master's degrees in mathematics and in philosophy and religion. His articles on science and religion have appeared in numerous journals. This is his first book. He lives in Eugene, OR.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Einstein: "Our task must be to widen our understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty" - Albert Einstein Buddha: "True happiness comes not from a limited concern for one's own well-being, but from developing love and compassion for all sentient beings" - Dalai Lama Einstein: "The principle of science is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific truth" - Richard Feynman Buddha: "Personal experience is the foundation of Buddhist philosophy. In this sense Buddhism is a radical empiricism or experimentalism" - D. T. Suzuki Einstein: "Under typical conditions of ordinary experience, each thing is seen as relatively separate and related only externally to other things" - David Bohm Buddha: "If we are ordinary beings, objects seem to be independent of our mind and independent of other phenomena" - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Einstein: "The central recognition of the theory of relativity is that geometry is a construct of the intellect" - H. Margenau Buddha: "Space is nothing but a mode of particularization and has no real existence of its own. Space exists only in realtion to our particularizing consciousness" - Dalai Lama Excerpted from Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.