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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.

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 P M

Jun 18, 2020

Extremely beneficial course to supplement with meditation and mindfulness!

By Rocio A A R

Jun 3, 2020

I have enjoyed and learned a lot with this course. Well done Robert Wright

By Tami

Nov 7, 2015

A thoughtful and well organized course that is, in itself, "enlightening."

By Karine B

Sep 28, 2015

Very interesting,

The teacher is very clear and it s nice to lesson to him.

By Ruchika G

Jan 7, 2021

Very well organized content and presentation.

Many thanks Robert Wright!!!


Oct 5, 2020

From the course, I found an importance of meditation in Human well being.


Jul 7, 2020

Would give it 10 stars if I could. Very nice. Loved it all and thank you.

By Charlise A v D

Mar 20, 2016

Kept me interested in the course, the content and lecturer were excellent

By Bhuvan l

May 3, 2020


By Holly B K

Nov 20, 2016

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

By Mark P

Nov 5, 2015

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

By Mari C

Jul 30, 2020

I learned so much and had such a wonderful time exploring this subject!

By Tanny C

Jun 29, 2020

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

By Rafał P

Sep 5, 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 Koganti S

Sep 16, 2020


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 Channeshappa S

Jan 2, 2021

Very good explained; possible all ways used to expose the Buddhism...


Jul 25, 2020

I highly recommend it, it was an amazing and life changing experience

By Naruto U

Nov 5, 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.