Why Buddhism Is True : The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Author(s): Robert Wright

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"What a terrific book. The combination of evolutionary psychology, philosophy, astute readings of Buddhist tradition, and personal meditative experience is absolutely unique and clarifying." --Jonathan Gold, professor of religion at Princeton University and author of Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy "Cool, rational, and dryly cynical, Robert Wright is an unlikely guide to the Dharma and 'not-self.' But in this extraordinary book, he makes a powerful case for a Buddhist way of life and a Buddhist view of the mind. With great clarity and wit, he brings together personal anecdotes with insights from evolutionary theory and cognitive science to defend an ancient yet radical world-view. This is a truly transformative work." --Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at Yale University and author of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion "In this extraordinary book, Wright makes a powerful case for a Buddhist way of life and a Buddhist view of the mind. With great clarity and wit, he brings together personal anecdotes with insights from evolutionary theory and cognitive science to defend an ancient yet radical world-view. A truly transformative work." --Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at Yale University and author of Against Empathy "What happens when someone steeped in evolutionary psychology takes a cool look at Buddhism? If that person is, like Robert Wright, a gifted writer, the answer is this surprising, enjoyable, challenging, and potentially life-changing book." --Peter Singer, professor of philosophy at Princeton University and author of Ethics in the Real World "This is exactly the book that so many of us are looking for. Writing with his characteristic wit, brilliance, and tenderhearted skepticism, Robert Wright tells us everything we need to know about the science, practice, and power of Buddhism." --Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet "A well-organized, freshly conceived introduction to core concepts of Buddhist thought.... Wright lightens the trek through some challenging philosophical concepts with well-chosen anecdotes and a self-deprecating humor." --Kirkus Reviews "Joyful and insightful... both entertaining and informative." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Robert Wright brings his sharp wit and love of analysis to good purpose, making a compelling case for the nuts and bolts of how meditation actually works. This book will be useful for all of us, from experienced meditators to hardened skeptics who are wondering what all the fuss is about." --Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and bestselling author of Real Happiness "I have been waiting all my life for a readable, lucid explanation of Buddhism by a tough-minded, skeptical intellect. Here it is. This is a scientific and spiritual voyage unlike any I have taken before." --Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Authentic Happiness

General Fields

  • : 9781439195451
  • : Simon & Schuster
  • : Simon & Schuster
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Wright
  • : Hardcover
  • : 336