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The Universe in a Single Atom

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The Universe in a Single Atom by the Dalai Lama

How Science and Spirituality Can Serve Our World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

First published in 2005 this fascinating account of Buddhism (or more generally Spirituality) meets science has particular relevance in 2009 as we commemorate Darwin's 200th birthday and are reminded of the vigorous scientific vs. Spiritual debate prompted by the theory of evolution.

As anyone who's ever taken the trouble to truly contemplate the basic tenets of the world's major faiths will testify, at root all religions describe the same basic truths. However, over the centuries, science has often appeared to be in conflict with scripture. (more…)


Zen - Lessons for Life

abracad, · Categories: buddhism, self help, spirituality

Recently I was out on a dark, windy, rainy day, feeling pretty down and noticing the misery on the faces of those around. I happened to see a cat crossing the street and reflected that the cat didn't waste its energy on depression, nor for that matter elation. It just got on with its job of the moment, ie being a cat.

I was reminded of the merits of Zen, an ancient Spiritual philosophy, still much studied and valued today. Zen decries excessive theorization in favor of direct experience. DT Suzuki's "Zen and Japanese Culture" describes two key ways in which Zen influenced the Japanese Samurai warriors. Firstly, it "teaches us not to look back once a course has been decided on", and secondly "it treats life anddeath indifferenly".

Doesn't Zen, along with this paradoxically brutal but honorable warrior class, have much to teach us today?

Find out more about Zen

What is Zen?


An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
Zen And the Art of Happiness, Chris Prentiss
The Way of Zen, Alan W. Watts

Not strictly about Zen, but undoubtedly a modern classic
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, Robert M. Pirsig