Why Buddhism is True, By Robert Wright

I completed, Buddhism and Modern Psychology course on the Coursera learning platform from Princeton University taught by professor Robert Wright. I highly recommend this course to either strengthen practice or build awareness.
The Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism and science are deeply compatible and has encouraged Western scholars to critically examine both the meditative practice and Buddhist ideas about the human mind. Several scientists and philosophers have taken up this challenge. There have been brain scans of meditators and philosophical examinations of Buddhist doctrines. Darwin and the Buddha have even discussed: Do early Buddhist descriptions of the mind, and the human condition make particular evolutionary psychology? This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under this scrutiny. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate reflection—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the essential Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: that the self doesn’t exist and that much of perceived reality is in some sense illusory. Make these claims, radical as they sound, make a certain kind of sense in light of modern psychology? And what are the implications of all this for how we should live our lives? Can meditation make us not just happier but better people?

 

“Don’t think of Buddhism as some kind of narrow, closed-minded belief system. It isn’t. Buddhist doctrine is not a historical fabrication derived through imagination and mental speculation, but an accurate psychological explanation of the actual nature of the mind.”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

Robert Wright, a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, is the author of Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny and The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life, both published by Vintage Books. The Moral Animal was named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 12 best books of 1994 and has been published in 12 languages. Nonzero was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2000 and has been published in nine languages. Wright’s first book, Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information, was published in 1988 and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Wright is a contributing editor at The New Republic, Time, and Slate. He has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine. He previously worked at The Sciences magazine, where his column “The Information Age” won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism.

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ReAir TMBS 10: Buddhism and Our Struggle & PseudoWoke Centrism ft. Robert Wright & Trevor Beaulieu

 

Since so many people are just now discovering Michael’s work and TMBS we’ve decided to re-air every TMBS episode in order starting with the premiere, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2_f6… This week’s show: We have found audio of Obama challenging John Kerry to an IQ test in a 2014 cabinet meeting. We break down Milo’s exposed emails and the relationship between him, the Mercer family, Breitbart, and alt-right trolls. Author of “Why Buddhism is True” Robert Wright (@robertwrighter) calls in to talk about Buddhism and how we can bring cognitive empathy and mindfulness to politics. Woke Susan Collins welcomes Bob Corker to the Resistance. Trevor Beaulieu (@Rickyrawls), the host of Champagne Sharks (@champagnesharks), joins us in the studio and talks about what is often missed in typical conversations about identity, race, and class. Read Trevor’s piece in The Intercept on the Kaepernick protest. TMBS re-aired episodes will come out every Tuesday at 7 PM EST here on The Michael Brooks Show Channel. This program has been put together by The Michael Brooks Legacy Project. To learn more and rewatch the postgame content visit https://www.patreon.com/TMBS Re-aired edit by Danny Celentano https://www.patreon.com/BodyPolitic?f… IG/Twitter @Body Politic Media

 

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