Drawing parallels between ancient philosophy and modern science through quotes, we can see how the two disciplines may not only be similar but possibly one in the same. With well over 1000 years between the lifetimes of the Buddha and Einstein, the connection is both fascinating and wondrous.
— Northshire Staff
Provocative, stimulating, and insightful, Einstein and Buddha points to the far-reaching and profound parallels between Western scientific thought and Eastern religion. These remarkably similar disciplines touch on the essential nature of energy and matter, the relationship between subject and object, and the limits of language in understanding and describing reality. The shared understandings communicate a deep common ground on both the nature of the universe and our place in it.
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Einstein: "Our task must be to widen our understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty" - Albert Einstein
Buddha: "True happiness comes not from a limited concern for one's own well-being, but from developing love and compassion for all sentient beings" - Dalai Lama
Einstein: "The principle of science is the following: The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific truth" - Richard Feynman
Buddha: "Personal experience is the foundation of Buddhist philosophy. In this sense Buddhism is a radical empiricism or experimentalism" - D. T. Suzuki
Einstein: "Under typical conditions of ordinary experience, each thing is seen as relatively separate and related only externally to other things" - David Bohm
Buddha: "If we are ordinary beings, objects seem to be independent of our mind and independent of other phenomena" - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Einstein: "The central recognition of the theory of relativity is that geometry is a construct of the intellect" - H. Margenau
Buddha: "Space is nothing but a mode of particularization and has no real existence of its own. Space exists only in realtion to our particularizing consciousness" - Dalai Lama