Donald S. Lopez, Jr.


On his book Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed

Cover Interview of March 12, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Much is lost in the claim that the Buddha anticipated Einstein.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“In the nineteenth century, Buddhist leaders began to respond to the charges of superstition being leveled at them by Christian missionaries.  And they used the Christians’ own weapon—Science—against them.”

On the second:

“To say that Buddhism and Science are compatible, one must specify what one means by ‘Buddhism’ and what one means by ‘Science.’  I try to catalogue the changing meanings of those two terms over the course of a century and a half.”