The Universe in a Single Atom is a book by The Dalai Lama,
In D Brand Solution Pvt Ltd, We have a book reading club, this book has been read and is being interpreted here.
A brief on the book;
Beginnings in Science
In this book, “The Universe in a Single Atom,” The Dalai Lama exhibits humble beginnings in science, including finding a brass telescope from the thirteenth Dalai Lama. With the telescope, he was able to find “the rabbit on the moon,” a Tibetan saying for a landform on the moon. Utilizing other apparatuses such as cars and watches, the Dalai Lama took interest in the mechanical operations of the objects.
Commonality between Buddhism and Science
In the book, The Dalai Lama creates exigency for the peaceful relationship between Buddhism and science. The goal is to mitigate human suffering from both Buddhist philosophy and science. Scientists and Buddhists acknowledge that Buddhists use sensory perceptions and introspective thinking requiring cooperation of the body. In the 1980s, The Dalai Lama sought scientific advice from Francisco Varela. A product of the meeting was Varela’s realization that the act of meditation through introspective thinking could complement science.
Quantum Physics and Buddhism
Buddhist teachings prove everything is changing and transitory. Essentially, thoughts come into our minds, then move on. Buddhists believe this is what causes suffering. The Dalai Lama believes in justifying the concept of micro-matter through the definition of inconsistent flow. The nature of a paradoxical reality mirrors the Buddhist philosophy of emptiness. Quantum physics debates the sustainability of having the notion of reality, as defined by Buddhist philosophy.
Cosmology and Buddhism
One way Buddhists and scientists agree is their understanding of the Buddha’s lack of explanation for the formation of the universe. However, Buddhist cosmologists have created the notion of a universe that has a form, expands, and then is destructive. Both sides, science, and Buddhist cosmologists, do not immediately resort to creating a Godly being as the origin of all matter. Moreover, in Buddhism, the universe is depicted as infinite and beginningless. The Dalai Lama wishes, in the book, to venture beyond the big bang and process thoughts about the possible structures and activity before the big bang.
Consciousness and Buddhism
According to Dr. Hugh Murdoch of The Theosophical Society Australia, the concept of consciousness has been insignificantly proven through scientific study. The Dalai Lama asks the question for scientists, what about the direct observation of consciousness itself? The concept of consciousness was discussed by the Buddha who said the mind is paramount above all things. Buddhists believe in the concept of matter, mind, and mental states. The Dalai Lama wishes for scientists to quit questioning if consciousness is favored in dualism, or materialism and study through the first-person perspective.
Genetics and Buddhism
Buddhists believe the primary purpose of life is to eliminate suffering. The Dalai Lama has no objection to cloning, only if it is based on altruistic motivation. The Dalai Lama supports the human genome project because it shows the difference between different ethnicities is minimal at best.
Now my interpretation is how a small atom can influence a change of events, or how a quest for the beginning of the universe has various experiences that one can explore via mind through the unquantified or unseen universe.
The mentions of ancient scholars and their documentations of mathematics, Fibonacci series and even medical sciences were in place and in practice before scientists began to measure with scientifical calculations.
The answer to the question Why, Who, When, Where, What, How reverberates through the universe. This leads to exploration. As you concentrate to your queries so shall you find answers.