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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....

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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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By Holly B K

Nov 20, 2016

An interesting, open minded, and provocative course. Highly recommended!

By Mark P

Nov 05, 2015

This is excellent! Robert Wright brings Buddhism alive with his lectures

By Tanny C

Jun 29, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed the course by Professor Wright, am going to miss it!

By Rafał P

Sep 05, 2018

Great intro to Buddhism from secular point of view. Highly recommended.

By Romeo S

Aug 11, 2017

Getting more and more interesting as you advance through the modules...

By bulat l

May 18, 2020

Great course! Good intro into buddhism and modern psychology theories.

By Genise W

Jan 11, 2017

Wonderful course where you can really and honestly evaluate yourself !

By Olivia F

Nov 13, 2016

Outstanding perspectives, excellent insights and an awesome professor.

By Mehul J

Nov 05, 2019

It is a great course it opens many windows of the brain. Do watch it.

By Penny M G

Oct 27, 2019

Excellent course, very well taught and with very stimulating content.

By Susan F

May 13, 2016

This is a great course, gives me a brand new perspective of Buddhism!

By Declan O

Nov 21, 2015

Superb. Very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed this course.

By Ines N R A

Apr 29, 2020

Amazing course! Top of the class professor and interviewers.


By Yasmine S

Nov 29, 2017

Brilliant Prof, brilliant topics of discussion, never a dull moment.

By Donald L G

Oct 18, 2017

I have ascended into pure energy because of Professor Robert Wright.

By Alan B

Jun 07, 2017

this course provides a lot of helpfull information i totally love it

By Erik T

Mar 04, 2017

A wonderful course! I learned so much about Buddhism and meditation.

By Stepanov D S

Oct 06, 2016

Thank you for such interesting course. Waiting for the next lectures

By Savkin E

Jun 30, 2016

Rather interesting course. And I think Robert Write is cool narrator

By Andrea G

Aug 16, 2019

Incredibly engaging and wonderfully interesting. A course for life.

By Jani D

Mar 26, 2018

Perfect , thank you so much for the interesting lectures and course

By Cece Y

Apr 24, 2017

Really pleased to click in the fantastic course! Worth your time!!!

By Pavel I

Dec 12, 2016

This is very well structured course interesting and easy to follow.

By Charleston W

Nov 28, 2016

Informative, realistic, down to earth. Greatly enjoyed this course.