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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

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.

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.

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By Aja C

Feb 7, 2017

I haven't finishing this course yet but the first couple of lessons are amazing!

By Wenen Y

Oct 1, 2020

I completed this course but I didn't receive certificate from this course. why?

By Miguel F D S N

Sep 12, 2020

Curso ótimo e nos mostra perspectivas interessantes sobre a psicologia Moderna.

By Valerie G

Jun 23, 2020

Loved the course, loved the lectures, would like to do something similar again!

By Mayank K P

Jun 9, 2020

it benefitted in many ways like better mindfulness meditation and concentration

By Alondra

May 22, 2020

Excellent course! I really enjoyed. Please if you have the opportunity take it.

By Anthony D

May 18, 2020

My first Coursers course met my expectations. I learned and that is good for me

By Diego B

Feb 7, 2018

Un curso muy ameno, completo, actualizado, entretenido y útil. ¡Muchas gracias!

By Deontez

Aug 23, 2017

great class and taught me what to think when taking into account buddhist ways.

By Ólafur T Y

Jul 23, 2017

Short and easily digestible material, excellently communicated by prof. Wright.

By Janine S

Jan 8, 2017

I love this course! Every lecture I feel like I have learned a new bit of info.

By Wayne B

Jun 11, 2016

The course is fascinating. I love the subject matter and it is well presented.

By Anneth M R

Nov 30, 2015

The explanations are deep and also have a solid background, i've learned a lot.

By Iain U

Oct 15, 2015

Really enjoyed the course, especially the Frasier and Milo show! (office hours)

By Fran E

Jan 3, 2021

I learned a lot about Buddhism and Modern Science that I will put to good use.

By Dominique B S ( - U S

Nov 2, 2020

Not sure what the Buddha would say, but Borat would surely write: Very Niiiice

By Ruth B

Sep 14, 2020

Lovely course and quite motivating to keep studying and understanding yourself

By L E M

Jun 24, 2020

Fun and challenging. Professor Wright is an interesting, and engaging teacher.

By Nobuko S

Jun 9, 2020

Great course on how Buddhism ideas can be perceived as a scientific discourse.

By Aslhy D T U

Apr 16, 2020

I really like the course, the lectures and additional material were very good.

By Luciano A

May 23, 2019

Amei o curso, no entanto estou utilizando os mesmos para aprimorar meu inglês.

By Iqbal N

Dec 8, 2018

It will change you how you look at yourself and the world. Highly recommended.

By Jean D

Aug 13, 2016

Magnifique porte d'entrée vers le bouddhisme et la psychologie évolutionniste.

By Yingying Z

Feb 29, 2016

very interesting topic and I am fond of the way how Professoer Wright teaches.