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Buddhism and Modern Psychology , Universidad de Princeton

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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. A number of scientists and philosophers have taken up this challenge. There have been brain scans of meditators and philosophical examinations of Buddhist doctrines. There have even been discussions of Darwin and the Buddha: Do early Buddhist descriptions of the mind, and of the human condition, make particular sense in light of 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 meditation—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic 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. Do 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? All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion....

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por CV

Mar 03, 2016

Engaging content and excellent pace. While the level is introductory (I'd have liked a bit more depth), I would expect this from a lower-division/breadth course—and even more so from a MOOC like this.

por VC

Nov 16, 2015

I have been practicing meditation for two years already.In so far I have attended all Deepak Chopra meditation experiences which I found very helpful but not as helpful this course provided me so far.

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por Salian Anish Sadashiv

Mar 22, 2019

Very good learning

por Monica Goyal

Mar 21, 2019

Excellent course. Professor Wright is an excellent lecturer. I especially enjoyed office hours with his dogs.

por Amit Chandna

Mar 17, 2019

The course relates Psychology wit Buddhism in simple and most understandable way , the best part about the design and presentation given by Dr.Robert Wright is how he connects the evolution with Psychology and both of these with Buddhism . The flair of using lots of examples and relevany real-life situations makes this a perfect learning for beginners as well as established personalities both in field of Psychology and practice of Buddhism.

por Abigail Armstrong

Mar 14, 2019

Exeptional Lectures!

por Vandana Gupta

Mar 14, 2019

A difficult topic presented in a very intriguing way.

Beautifully elaborated views.

Reasonably understandable videos, I feel spiritually richer .

por Scott Weidner

Mar 14, 2019

This was a very interesting course. I learned a lot. Now I have some new perspectives to consider as I continue on through life.

por José Daniel Jacobo Meza

Mar 11, 2019


por Patricia Castillo

Mar 11, 2019

This is a great opportunity for me to understand basic principles of Buddhism and its applications in Psychology.

Thank you for this gift

May you all be happy and in peace

por 钟慧

Mar 07, 2019

I really like this course, which shows a very different perspective to think about the religion that I usually heard of but never thought into. It stimulated me to think of the inbuilt modes of human's mind/brain by birth (psychology part), and subjectively think of buddhism by getting rid of those overwhelming superstitions. Thank you very much, professor!

por Maya Leshkowitz

Mar 07, 2019

Interesting topics with clear lectures and guest speakers that bring added value. I really enjoyed this course and it contributed to my understanding of the strengths of buddhism and motivation to continue on this path.