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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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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.


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.

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por Elsa A

Jan 25, 2017

Great information and really learned so much. Thank you for teaching this course. I really enjoyed learning this information. I will be revisiting some modules again for a refresher or go through it again since there was so much to learn. Thank you.

por David R

Jan 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this course. The subject matter was very thought provoking or perhaps it better said that it was thought managing. Great presentation by the professor and the obvious interest that he has in the course himself came across very well.

por Eser L

Mar 28, 2016

It is an amazing insight, although intellectually :) , and gives one the idea on what buddhism really is about. Telling the story parallel to findings of modern psychology is also a great approach. Well prepared, well told. Respect and gratitude. :)

por Andrew R

Nov 23, 2015

Absolutely AWESOME course. Would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, not only if they are interested in learning about Buddhism, but want to learn about life. Cannot say enough great things about the professor, the course, or the material in general.

por Chagari A P R

Aug 15, 2017

The Right Course, for those inquisitive Hindus like me. Convincing synthesis of various schools of thought, which only an Evolutionary Psychologist can propound. Wish the Dr Wright moves on to the compassionate part of practices in the next course.

por Oni S

May 31, 2017

One of the best courses that I have taken in Coursera. Dr. Robin Wright is really passionate in creating this course, not just as a lecturer, but he really believes in what he is teaching.

The course materials and reading list are gems of knowledge.

por Carles N

May 23, 2016

Excellent course! I have found exactly what I was looking for: a very clear and exciting explanation of the scientific foundations of Buddhist thought. After that I am definitely continuing in both lines: meditation practice and study of the mind.

por Anna E

Apr 03, 2018

Very exciting course. Ive learned so much on both Buddhism and modern psychology and above all I have opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. Thank you Prof. Robert Wright for a very good course and for letting us get to know your amazing dogs :)

por Aayush P B N

Dec 10, 2016

This course allows to develop an insight and open your mind's capacity to comprehend the unimaginable and focus on the most simple concepts that is mostly overlooked but creates an extraordinary potential that can slide through beyond limits.

por Joe M

Jan 21, 2016

This course was very insightful especially the correlation to modern psychology. It has helped me understand so much in depth about our mind works and bring some rational that i had been struggling to comprehend from many spiritual discourses

por Nicolas T

May 30, 2018

Very interesting course about the link between naturalistic buddhism and evolution psychology. That's a must to do for people who meditates because it gives perspective to our practice. Even if you don't do meditation, you'll learn so much.

por Fabian M

Apr 21, 2016

Just the kind of course that is bound to have a profound impact on my life, giving me tools for tackling the big one amongst all my issues: how to reach happiness. I am very thankful to have such a learned professor willing to share this.

por Linda M

Jan 26, 2016

Really interesting and wonderful course! I got deeper insight into Buddhism and learned a lot about myself, too. I can only recommend this for people, who are interested in how Buddhist thought can be seen in modern life as still relevant.

por Irina C

Jun 06, 2016

Exceptional course! I am very grateful to Profesor Robert Wright for putting together this exquisite course - I enjoyed his interesting manner of teaching, his dedication to the course, the interview with prominent figures and his dogs :)

por Frederic L

Jun 05, 2017

Very nice course. Prof. Wright does an excellent job reviewing the link between Modern Psychology and Buddhism using an appropriate numbers of practitioners and scientists to discuss the topics.

I look forward to read his upcoming book.

por Parthsarthi D

Jan 08, 2018

This is one of the well designed and delivered course, which looks at the philosophy of Buddhism and Modern psychological theory of Mind to convince a rational logical person to understand the depth of Buddhism to alleviate suffering.

por kaiser m i

Dec 10, 2015

Most vibrant course about Buddhism and Meditation that I have ever encountered with. Starting with four noble truth, No-self and so on. I believe at the end of the course it might be skyrocketing me toward the emptiness. Simply great.

por Borodin I V

Apr 06, 2020

Professor Wright is a great teacher! This course was not at all boring. It was very deep on one side and quite practical in the same time. Also his adorable dogs Fraser and Milo shows us the way to Nirwana. Thank you very very much!

por Mark P

Apr 23, 2018

Hits the spot! A sound approach to understanding where the natural elements of Buddhism and modern science might meet and how this can be applied to everyday life and developed further. I will certainly want to continue this journey.

por Monika N

Jul 23, 2017

Thank you for the course, it was very interesting to follow, learn something about the Buddhist theory and the theory of evolutionary psychology. And everything nicely made clear through the almost enlightened dogs Milo and Frasier.

por Ruben G T

Feb 02, 2016

Excellent course that shows how Buddhism can be rationally compared with modern psychology and how that comparison results in acceptance of its objectives, rules and believes since it is a "modern" philosophy from hundred years ago.

por Jinwei Z

Jan 09, 2020

the course give a different view of the connection between Buddhism and Modern Psychology. It also structured the Buddhism very easy to understand. This is not the end of my Buddhism study. I hope to study more of it in the future.

por César L T P

Jul 22, 2019

This is the first time I take an online course and I liked it a lot. I could learn from people who are aware of Buddhism and Modern Psychology. Great videos, interesting readings, amazing information, great professor. Thanks a lot.

por Marcio T

Nov 15, 2016

The course makes parallels between the main Buddhist concepts and current science and psychology views. Many reading materials and extra videos and sources are provided. Prof Wright is clear, clever and humorous. Excellent course.

por Juan L R

Mar 26, 2018

Very interesting course, with good examples on how Modern Psychology is somehow supporting (in my view) many of the pilars of Buddhism, and as well a deeper understanding of how our brain was buil from an evolutionary perspective