I must say I never paid much attention to the Dalai Lama until I read The Universe in an Atom.
Before that, I found him kind of over-rated. The man was on the news all the time; all that media coverage made him seem less like a mysterious holy monk and more like a celebrity politician.
After reading the book, however, I’m slightly ashamed of myself for having thought that way – if only because he was friends with the great scientist David Bohm.
This book is the story of the Dalai Lama’s exploration of science, containing his thoughts of quantum physics, evolution, psychology and a host of other subjects, after years of actively seeking scientific knowledge from the greatest scientists of the 20th century. He compares scientific theories with Buddhist thought, and provides some truly insightful comments about both.