Why Buddhism Is True

Why Buddhism Is True

The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Author Robert Wright shows how Buddhist meditative practice can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and deepen your appreciation of beauty and other people. -- Adapted from book jacket.
"From one of America' s most brilliant writers, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer--and the reason we make other people suffer--is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: we can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly, and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this pathbreaking book, Robert Wright not only shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life--how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred--but also how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works. Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path. In the light of modern science, both the Buddhist diagnosis and the Buddhist prescription make a whole new kind of sense. This hook is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. The result is a story as entertaining as it is illuminating. With the wit, clarity and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. It shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781439195451 (hardcover)
1439195455 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 294.342 WRI
Characteristics: xii, 321 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 06, 2019


" Science, in its displacement of traditionally religious worldviews, is sometimes said to have brought on the 'disenchantment' of the world, draining it of magic. . . .Batchelor says meditative practice can lead to the 're-enchantment' of the world, and I know what he means. After that first retreat, I felt like I was living in a zone of enchantment, a place of wonder and preternatural beauty. No, that's not the same as entering a zone that is magically impervioust to causation...one source of the enchantment was that I was spending less time reacting, less time having my buttons pushed, and more time observing--which, as a bonus, allowed more time for thoughtful responses to things. I assume living in the unconditioned would be great, but living in the less conditioned can be pretty great, too."

Dec 30, 2018

The author articulates science (Evolutionary Psychology) based evidence, convincing arguments with personal experience about the Four Noble Truths and his path of getting enlightened. He has gone further on his path since finishing giving his course available on Coursera. It was a great course. So is this sequel.

Oct 14, 2018

I found this book to be a huge disappointment. Basically there's nothing new in this book that I have not heard before but what I did hear over and over was all about the author.... Himself, himself, himself and me, me ,me.
His writing is on such an infantile scale that I could not get through it. The opening of the book is about the movie The Matrix as an example of an altered reality... And it goes downhill from there on.

Aug 24, 2018

Using everyday contemporary language, the author explained complex principles in Buddhist philosophy. Even more useful than that, though, he explained the foundational ideas and even the words that are used to explain those principles. I highly recommend this book as an important step en route to clarity.

Nov 20, 2017

A book about the science and philosophy of meditation is not going to be easy reading so I braced myself for a tough read. However, Robert Wright's "Why Buddhism is True," is a fairly understandable account of the art and science of meditation. What makes the book understandable is that Wright is down-to-earth. He associates with us the readers and laughs at himself. He does no took down on us and has an attitude of "If I can do this you can." Thus, the difficult subject becomes easy. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to getting down on the cushion. I may not find enlightenment but I expect to become happier and a better human being.

Oct 22, 2017

With 39 holds on 16 copies (across 3 formats), this book clearly speaks to a lot of people here in Central Oregon! I just listened to a great conversation with the author by Tricycle magazine, and was so inspired and educated by it I came straight here to check the book out. Looking forward to his full exploration of scientific spirituality and evolutionary psychology's contributions to mindfulness practice.

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