It is only recently that science and spirituality have crossed paths for mutually engaging dialogue. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been one of the chief advocates of this coming together where scientists have talked with mystics, seers, and meditators about mind, body, and other matters of interest to all parties. This vigorous anthology collects the findings and ideas of 43 scientific researchers, journalists, healers, and visionaries. Here's what is covered:

• Part One, The Science of Intention, Enhancing Quality of Life, Health , Emotional Well-Being, and Consciousness (Gratitude, Compassion, Emotional Awareness, Consciousness, and Transformation)

• Part Two, Biology, Psychology, The Brain, and Quantum Physics (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Energy Psychology, Quantum Physics, Eudaimonics, Buddhism, and the Brain)

• Part Three, Investigating the Science of Spiritual Practices (Meditation, Prayer, Distant Healing, Qigong, Reiki, and Other Practices)

Among the more interesting articles are those by Candace Pert on the science of the emotions and consciousness, Larry Dossey on compassion and healing, Gregg Braden on the power and promise of spiritually based science, Daniel Goleman on the brain's melody, Rick Hanson on seven facts about the brain that incline the mind to joy, and Lynne McTaggart on the power of the mind over matter.