Monk and the Philosopher A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

ISBN-10: 0805211039
ISBN-13: 9780805211030
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Jean Francois-Revel, a pillar of French intellectual life in our time, became world famous for his challenges to both Communism and Christianity. Twenty-seven years ago, his son, Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising career as a scientist to study Tibetan Buddhism -- not as a detached observer but by immersing himself in its practice under the guidance of its greatest living masters. Meeting in an inn overlooking Katmandu, these two profoundly thoughtful men explored the questions that have occupied humankind throughout its history. Does life have meaning? What is consciousness? Is man free? What is the value of scientific and material progress? Why is there suffering, war, and hatred? Their conversation is not merely abstract: they ask each other questions about ethics, rights, and responsibilities, about knowledge and belief, and they discuss frankly the differences in the way each has tried to make sense of his life. Utterly absorbing, inspiring, and accessible, this remarkable dialogue engages East with West, ideas with life, and science with the humanities, providing wisdom on how to enrich the way we live our lives.

Victor Davis Hanson is the military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several popular books on classic warfare, including "The Other Greeks", "Who Killed Homer?", & "The Western Way of War". He lives in Selma, California.

Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk residing in Katmandu, is a coauthor of "The Monk & the Philosopher" & is the official French translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

He has been a Regents Lecturer at the University of California & a professor of humanities at Claremont Graduate University. He is currently senior adviser to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Foreword
Introduction
From Scientific Research to Spiritual Quest
Religion or Philosophy?
The Ghost in the Black Box
A Science of the Mind
Looking for Reality: Buddhist Metaphysics
Acting on the World and Acting on Oneself
Buddhism and the West
Religious and Secular Spirituality
Tracing Violence to Its Sources
Wisdom, Science, and Politics
The Red Flag on the Roof of the World
Buddhism: Decline and Renaissance
Faith, Ritual, and Superstition
Buddhism and Death
The Supremacy of the Individual
Buddhism and Psychoanalysis
Cultural Influences and Spiritual Tradition
Progress and Novelty
The Monk's Questions to the Philosopher
The Philosopher's Conclusion
The Monk's Conclusion

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