Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Sampul Depan
Simon and Schuster, 8 Agu 2017 - 321 halaman
New York Times Bestseller
From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.
 

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LibraryThing Review

Ulasan Pengguna  - writemoves - LibraryThing

I'm sure for those with an interest, it was a great book (based on the Goodreads ratings). I read about 50 pages and put the book down. I guess I did not have the requisite consciousness or mental bandwidth to reach enlightenment. I zoned out quickly from the book. Baca ulasan lengkap

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Ulasan Pengguna  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

There was a lot of information to absorb in this book and for people interested in science or evolutionary psychology, there are some fascinating ideas to ponder. However, I had different expectations ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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Taking the Red Pill
1
Paradoxes of Meditation
15
When Are Feelings Illusions?
27
Bliss Ecstasy and More Important Reasons to Meditate
44
The Alleged Nonexistence of Your Self
58
Your CEO Is MIA
75
The Mental Modules That Run Your Life
91
How Thoughts Think Themselves
105
Like Wow Everything Is One at Most
193
Nirvana in a Nutshell
215
Is Enlightenment Enlightening?
225
Meditation and the Unseen Order
246
A List of Buddhist Truths
269
A Note on Terminology
277
Acknowledgments
279
Notes
283

Self Control
121
Encounters with the Formless
142
The Upside of Emptiness
153
A Weedless World
172

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Robert Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Why Buddhism Is True. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the widely respected Bloggingheads.tv and MeaningofLife.tv. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate, and The New Republic. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course "Buddhism and Modern Psychology." He is currently Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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