• The Monk and the Philosopher: East Meets West in a Father-Son Dialogue See large image

    The Monk and the Philosopher: East Meets West in a Father-Son Dialogue (Paperback) By (author) Jean-Francois Revel, By (author) Matthieu Ricard

    $14.20 - Save $2.74 16% off - RRP $16.94 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 2 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionJean 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.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for The Monk and the Philosopher

    Title
    The Monk and the Philosopher
    Subtitle
    East Meets West in a Father-Son Dialogue
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Francois Revel, By (author) Matthieu Ricard
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805211030
    ISBN 10: 0805211039
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HPC
    DC21: 128
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: HRE
    LC subject heading:
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRGSEREF
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI, THEO/SECULR
    BIC subject category V2: HRQA5
    BISAC V2.8: REL007000
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    BISAC V2.8: REL051000
    DC22: 128
    BISAC V2.8: PHI003000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI010000
    Abridged Dewey: 128
    B&T Approval Code: A10254000
    LC classification: BQ4165 .R4813 2000
    Thema V1.0: QDH, QRYA5, QRF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Schocken Books
    Imprint name
    Schocken Books
    Publication date
    01 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jean-Francois Revel, a member of the Academie Francaise, was born in 1924. He studied and taught philosophy but abandoned university teaching to concentrate on writing. He was editor for many years of the influential political weekly L'Express. His books, including the best-seller Without Marx or Jesus and How Democracies Perish, have gained worldwide recognition. Matthieu Ricard lives in the Shechen Monastery in Nepal. Born in France in 1946, he received his doctorate in molecular biology from the Institut Pasteur in Paris. In 1972 he decided to forsake his scientific career to better concentrate on his Buddhist studies, which he had begun years earlier. He has published Journey to Enlightenment, a book of photographs about his teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (one of the most eminent Tibetan masters of our times and a teacher to The Dalai Lama), as well as translations of many Buddhist texts. He often accompanies The Dalai Lama to France as his personal interpreter.
    Review quote
    "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
    Flap copy
    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.