Space and Eternal Life: A Dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe & Daisaku Ikeda
This is a volume of discussions between an astronomer and a Buddhist scholar. They examine life on Earth from two different starting points - the religious Buddhist and the natural science of the astronomer, largely concerned with physics. The use of natural science is discussed in its exploration of the physical world, its treatment of psychology and states of consciousness, and Buddhist ideas of cosmology, and how these concepts are in tune with each other. They debate reductionism, one of the key factors that distinguishes the practice of scientific investigation against the pacifist, holistic and ecological world view that is inherent in Buddhism and its underlying philosophy. In the last chapter two protagonists discuss key issues of today and how they relate to these tenets: nuclear arms, ecology, AIDS, youth and education, the family, democracy, human rights, suicide, abortion, genetic engineering and organ transplants.