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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 Nicola J

May 13, 2018

Excellent course incorporating Buddhism, modern psychology and mindfulness. I would recommend.

By Alia A

Jun 24, 2017

An amazing & enlightening course. Gives better u derstanding for oneself & how to deal with it.

By Lalit

Apr 5, 2017

It was a great experience and profound learning. I am happy to have done this wonderful course!

By John H

Jan 15, 2017

Phenomenal course! It cast a new light on Buddhism for me, which was absolutely fascinating...

By Cristabel E

Sep 11, 2016

Life changing course... excellently executed! So so pleased I took it! Please make a follow up!

By Zhou X

May 25, 2016

Great course by Robert Wright! A lot of interesting chapters and video conversations to follow.

By Dicson C W

Mar 5, 2021

A truly enlightening course and well worth every second (x2) even with no certificate offered.

By Gerry B

Jun 14, 2020

The course was mind-opening for me. I can apply this personally on my daily struggles in life.

By Balaji

May 11, 2020

I found the course very useful to get started. It certainly kindles interest in learning more.

By Juan P G

Feb 12, 2020

Thank you teachers, teachings and classmates! May all beings be benefited from our practice =)

By Sebastien M

Jan 12, 2017

Enlightening (no joke!) Great course, good pace - take it. You won't regret the time invested!

By Mariana R G

Jun 10, 2020

Excelent course, more than I expected, excelent teacher and really really interesting course.

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 cris i

Jan 23, 2021

an enlightening experience in itself. thank you for this beautiful experiential journey :)

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