The Resource Humble Before the Void : A Western Astronomer, His Journey East, and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism

Humble Before the Void : A Western Astronomer, His Journey East, and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism

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Humble Before the Void : A Western Astronomer, His Journey East, and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism
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Humble Before the Void
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A Western Astronomer, His Journey East, and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism
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eng
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  • "This book will provide readers with a greater awareness of the spirit of curiosity and inquiry that lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition, as well as the fruitfulness of maintaining active communication between the Buddhist and scientific commu­nities." -from the Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama In Humble before the Void, Impey, a noted astronomer, educator, and author gives us a thor­oughly absorbing and engaging account of his journey to Northern India to teach in the first-ever "Science for Monks" leadership program. The pro­gram was initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to introduce science into the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition. In a vivid and compelling narrative, Impey intro­duces us to a group of exiled Tibetan monks whose charm, tenacity and unbridled enthusiasm for learning is infectious. Impey marvels not only at their enthusiasm, but at their tireless diligence that allows the monks to painstakingly build intri­cate sand mandalas-that can be swept away in an instant. He observes them as they meticulously count galaxies and notes how their enthusiasm and diligence stands in contrast to many American students who are frequently turned off by sci­ence's inability to deliver easy, immediate payoffs. Because the Buddhist monks have had a limited science education, Impey must devise creative pedagogy. His new students immediately take to his inspired teaching methods, whether it's the use of balloons to demonstrate the Hubble expansion or donning an Einstein mask to explain the theory of relativity. Humble before the Void also recounts Impey's experiences outside the classroom, from the monks' eagerness to engage in pick-up basket­ball games and stream episodes of hip American sitcoms to the effects on his relationship with the teenage son who makes the trip with him. Moments of profound serenity and beauty in the
  • Himalayas are contrasted with the sorrow of learning that other monks have set themselves on fire to protest the Chinese oppression in Tibet. At the end of the three week program, both the monks and Impey have gained a valuable edu­cation. While the monks have a greater under­standing and appreciation of science, Impey has acquired greater self- knowledge and a deeper understanding of the nature of learning and teaching in the East and West. This understand­ing leads to a renewed enthusiasm for making his topic come alive for others
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Impey, Chris
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BQ4600
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Lama, Dalai
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  • Buddhism -- China
  • Buddhism -- Tibet Region
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Humble Before the Void : A Western Astronomer, His Journey East, and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism
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http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=1689433
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online resource
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Contents
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- Prologue: The Edge of the Roof of the World -- 1. Knowledge and Uncertainty -- 2. Scales of Space -- 3. Beginnings and Endings -- 4. The Forces of Nature -- 5. Structure and Evolution -- 6. The Meaning of Life -- Epilogue: The Seven Ages of Monk -- Afterword -- Index
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EBC1689433
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unknown
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1 online resource (279 pages)
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online
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9781599474625
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computer
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rdamedia
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1689433
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL1689433
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10873472
  • (CaONFJC)MIL611540
  • (OCoLC)879948665
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Humble Before the Void : A Western Astronomer, His Journey East, and a Remarkable Encounter Between Western Science and Tibetan Buddhism
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=1689433
Publication
Copyright
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- Prologue: The Edge of the Roof of the World -- 1. Knowledge and Uncertainty -- 2. Scales of Space -- 3. Beginnings and Endings -- 4. The Forces of Nature -- 5. Structure and Evolution -- 6. The Meaning of Life -- Epilogue: The Seven Ages of Monk -- Afterword -- Index
Control code
EBC1689433
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (279 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781599474625
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1689433
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL1689433
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10873472
  • (CaONFJC)MIL611540
  • (OCoLC)879948665

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