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The Monk and the Philosopher : A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

Jean-Francois Revel, Matthieu Ricard, John Canti (Translator), Jack Miles (Preface)

Buy this book at Amazon.com or try Amazon.co.uk in England, Amazon.ca in Canada, Amazon.de in Germany, Amazon.fr in France, Amazon.it in Italy, Amazon.es in Spain. ASIN=0805211039, Category: Philosophy, Language: E, cover: PB, pages: 351, year: 2000.

The philosoph JFR discusses with his son MR, a Tibetan monk, the age-old debate between reason and faith. Western culture confronts Eastern concepts of spiritual experience.

Review © (2004) by interesting-books-selector.com

The Dalai Lama favours democracy and hopes for a independent democratic Tibet, but quote MR (p234/5): - even in case of violent resistance against the enduring Chinese occupation (see p237).

I'm unable to understand, how an outspoken democratic political leader could treathen with his resignation, should the majority vote against his convictions! To me that means the Dalai Lama is against democracy, which would support the current controversy in Western civilization, Democracy: The God that Failed by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

The conclusion, quote MR (p351):

seems to contradict the book itself which consists of 351 pages of philosophic dialogue. I'd nevertheless recommend reading this book. When I finished it, I ordered several more books about Tibetan Buddhism in the hope to discover more irrefutable logic thinking like the Buddhist disproof of the existence of an all-powerful Creator; quote MR (p105):

But not only striking logic appeals in Buddhism, as Bertrand Russell remarked in What is an Agnostic?, quote: Buddhism promises happiness for everybody without the need for "Novus Ordo Seculorum".