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The Monk and the Philosopher : East Meets West in a Father-Son Dialogue - Jean-Francois Revel

The Monk and the Philosopher

East Meets West in a Father-Son Dialogue

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780805211030
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

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"The wonderful thing about this book is that it shows how fruitful open-hearted dialogue can be. Although these two men have pursued their humane concerns and their quest for knowledge by different means, I believe they both reveal that it's not so important whether life has meaning, but whether we give meaning to the life we live." -- His Holiness The Dalai Lama "The Monk and the Philosopher is an intellectual banquet -- an enlightening and lively encounter that explores man-kind's most profound questions." -- Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

Extremely interesting and thought provocative!


Very interesting book on east meeting west philosophically.



The Monk and the Philosopher

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Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xxi
From Scientific Research to Spiritual Questp. 3
Religion or Philosophy?p. 24
The Ghost in the Black Boxp. 53
A Science of the Mindp. 83
Looking for Reality: Buddhist Metaphysicsp. 118
Acting on the World and Acting on Oneselfp. 149
Buddhism and the Westp. 171
Religious and Secular Spiritualityp. 189
Tracing Violence to Its Sourcesp. 202
Wisdom, Science, and Politicsp. 214
The Red Flag on the Roof of the Worldp. 232
Buddhism: Decline and Renaissancep. 245
Faith, Ritual, and Superstitionp. 255
Buddhism and Deathp. 263
The Supremacy of the Individualp. 277
Buddhism and Psychoanalysisp. 294
Cultural Influences and Spiritual Traditionp. 303
Progress and Noveltyp. 306
The Monk's Questions to the Philosopherp. 319
The Philosopher's Conclusionp. 342
The Monk's Conclusionp. 348
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ISBN: 9780805211030
ISBN-10: 0805211039
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Schocken Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36

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Matthieu Ricard

About the Author

Born in France in 1946 as the son of French philosopher Jean-Fran├žois Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 45 years.

He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, forums at the United Nations, and ad TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. He is a charismatic figure who has captured the minds and hearts of people all over the world.

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