Buddhism and Modern Psychology
This is a free online course through Coursera, taught by Robert Wright, an author and visiting lecturer at Princeton University.
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The Buddha said that human suffering—ranging from anxiety to sadness to unfulfilled craving—results from not seeing reality clearly. He described a kind of meditation that promises to ease suffering by dispelling illusions about the world and ourselves. What does psychological science say about this diagnosis and prescription—and about the underlying model of the mind.
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?
The first class begins March 20th. The course runs 1 class per week, for 6 weeks. Each class is just one hour in length, and you can watch them on video whenever you like!
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