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About the Course

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....

Top reviews

Nov 15, 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.

Oct 25, 2020

I thought this was a great introduction to both modern Buddhist thought and evolutionary psychology. Professor Wright is an excellent lecturer, and his office hours are informative as well as amusing.

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By Monu K

May 17, 2020

Good insights for someone exploring Buddhism, meditation and its connect to modern psychology

By L T O P

Dec 10, 2019

Simple and elaborate. Lucid presentation with proper examples that a listener can connect to.

By bimal b p

Apr 15, 2018

Excellent course. Many of concepts got cleared. Above all it is of immense practical utility.

By Rohit

Mar 1, 2017

Course is brilliantly organised and loved the way modern science has been linked to Buddhism.

By Arturo M F

May 31, 2020

Excelente curso, muy buenos aportes teóricos y excelente la pedagogía del profesor. Gracias!

By Valentina B

May 4, 2019

Great course, super enjoyable and makes you reflex a lot about yourself. Highly recommended!

By Brittany

Sep 15, 2015

I love this course, I am so excited it is back up and I will be taking it for a second time!

By Katy D

Jun 19, 2016

Brilliant. Organised. Interesting. Thought provoking. Really enjoyed the course! Thank you

By Adam B

Jun 12, 2017

Fascinating course! Lots of thinking about how the mind works, and how we can best use it.

By Guy G

Dec 7, 2015

This class should be mandatory ofr every human being. You will learn a lot about yourself.

By Seema r

Jan 9, 2021

It was very enlightened course for me.Particular meditation section was very interesting.

By Blanka G C

Aug 23, 2020

I loved this course and I find professor Wright most charming and delightful :) take care

By Khelesh B

Jun 20, 2020

this is an amazing course and it is very useful to me and i am satisfied with this course

By Chris B

Jun 13, 2020

Exceptionally enlightening. Quality all the way from start to finish. Highly recommended.

By Abhiram

May 5, 2020

Now I am more aware of my thoughts and actions, and how to manage them for my betterment.

By Arne K

Oct 19, 2017

Thoughtprovoking, insightful, exciting and entertaining. A great lecture and performance.

By soumaya h

Jan 22, 2016

very interesting course, I just started finished week1, I am excited to continue the rest

By Atala R

Aug 19, 2020

I absolutely loved this course, it is interesting and it is imparted by a great teacher.

By Chantal F

Jul 3, 2020

Loved this course. Very insightful and Professor Wright did a wonderful job!! Thank you.

By Naif R

Aug 1, 2019

Thank you Mr. "Bob" and coursera for this amazing course, very practical and scientific.

By 缪婷焰

May 26, 2017

I like this course very much! It inspires me in so many perspectives. Highly recommend!

By Agnes.D

Feb 29, 2016

very good introduction to Buddhism and psychology. I especially like the interview part.

By Iona

Feb 1, 2016

I am loving this course and it is giving me tons of new insight into life and the world!


Oct 7, 2015

This course introduced me to my current school of Buddhism and that has changed my life.

By Sol E

Jun 23, 2020

It was a life changing experience!! I have no words to thank Professor Robert Wright!!!