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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

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.

Mar 2, 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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By Nithin B

Jul 19, 2020

Eye-opening course with a good amount of info and a great pace.

By Manisha P

May 7, 2020

course was very interesting. I enjoyed learning each concepts.

By Emilie E

May 30, 2020

Very good to be introduced to Bouddhism and Modern psychology

By Tracy E

Dec 7, 2015

Easy to follow format and easy to work in to a busy schedule.

By Kathleen R

Nov 1, 2020

The concepts were very insightful, thanks to Prof Wright.

By Abdul M

May 22, 2020

this course might be extended at level of specialization

By vigack

Mar 16, 2018

Good introduction to Buddhism from Western perspective.

By Juthamas

May 3, 2020

Great course, beyond Buddhism and modern psychology.

By George L

Jul 19, 2016

Very enlightening, I would recommend this course.

By Sree D K K

Aug 13, 2020

A fair understanding of Buddhist philosophies...

By Patricia T C

Jul 30, 2020

I enjoyed the course and learned quite a bit.


Jan 20, 2020

good for courses and improve human relations

By Susan K

Feb 6, 2017

So much information beautifully presented!

By Davide P

Jul 5, 2016

Good work, crossing science and buddhism.


Jan 10, 2020

Nice but I have to understand more.....

By Bugra M Y

May 28, 2020

A good introductory course for Buddism.

By Adriana S

Oct 26, 2015

The course was very interesting.Thanks!

By Frits v S

Sep 2, 2016

interesting, but monotonous lectures.

By Ahammed n k

Sep 4, 2020

Taught many things from this course

By Siobhan B

May 28, 2020

Lovely course. Nicely put together.

By Rahul D

Jun 20, 2016

Easy to follow , real life examples

By Jaswant S

May 13, 2020

great and new concept of teaching.

By Hernan V

Feb 21, 2018

Very good course. Worth taking it.

By Robert H

May 15, 2016

Well articulated and structured.

By Mahanthe A D l

Oct 16, 2020

good but didnt get certificate