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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 Sushant S K

Sep 25, 2020

Learned lot many things about meaning of life. Great course. Thanks.

By Niharika S

Sep 21, 2020

A very interesting course! very insightful! Absolutely loved it! :))

By Ines N R A

Apr 29, 2020

Amazing course! Top of the class professor and interviewers.


By Yasmine S

Nov 28, 2017

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

By Donald G

Oct 18, 2017

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

By Alan B

Jun 7, 2017

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

By Erik T

Mar 3, 2017

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

By Stepanov D S

Oct 6, 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 C

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.

By Rochelle H

Mar 11, 2016

This case is so thoughtful and informative. Really makes you think.

By Zeel C

Sep 18, 2020

Awesome content with mind-blowing views about our moral behaviour.

By Vesna B

Aug 13, 2020

Really great course with a great lecturer. Would highly recommend.

By Adrian C

Jun 22, 2020

A wonderful course where you could find another philosophy to live

By Жоламан К

Jun 12, 2020

Да, очень содержательный курс. Спасибо организаторам данног курса!

By Janine L

Jan 10, 2016

I really enjoyed the course. The professor was very down to earth.

By Asmita A

Jun 9, 2020

Excellent course with good content covered in the video lectures.

By Ashley R

May 8, 2020

I love everything about this class! The teacher is so awesome! =)

By Hilary M

Mar 22, 2020

It was a wonderful exploration of where science and Buddhism meet

By Adam K

Dec 6, 2017

Very interesting analysis of the benefits of meditative practice.

By Antoine B

Jun 26, 2017

I really liked it, very interesting and no special prerequisites.