From one of Americas greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearlyand proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a s...
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Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment Reviews
62nd book of 2017.
I imagine the author at a diner party, demanding complete attention from those present, while he describes at length being at an intense macho meditation retreat in the Maine woods, having the unfortunate luck of sitting next to a fat flatulent person. Telling all present very seriously that he's not the sort of person who is OK with flatulence, especially from other people, especially if they are fat, but because of his very serious (but also very modest) attempts at mediation ...more
“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.”
― Philip K. Dick
For years I've told people I was a Zen Mormon. More as a way to squirm into the edges of LDS cosmology, and less because I was practicing anything really approaching a hybrid of Buddhism and Mormonism. But I've always been attracted to Buddhism, like many Westerners before me. I'm thinking of Herman Hesse, W. Somerset Maugham, Jack Kerouac, and Peter Matthiessen. I've always been attracted to the intersection of cultures, ph ...more
There are a lot of popular books around about Buddhism for westerners. What makes this different is that Robert Wright’s goal is to show that some core tenets of Buddhism are borne out by modern, evolutionary psychology — hence the claim that Buddhism is “true.”
Maybe the core insight that Wright draws from evolutionary psychology is that human beings did not evolve to become truth-detectors. They evolved to reproduce successfully. You might think that the one would serve the other — that surviv ...more
The author explains the truth of Buddhism, using evolutionary psychology, natural selection, and scientific empiricism.
I was very engaged throughout the book and Fred Sanders does a very capable job narrating it. I was frustrated when I got to within an hour or so of the end of the book and realized that it was about to expire. I put it back on hold, but I had to wait several weeks before I could borrow it again.
Mindfulness - to pay attention to what's happening in the here and now...but wait - ...more
In book titles, the sub-title after the title is a popular but often unnecessary thing. In this case, it's necessary. Why Buddhism Is True is very much indeed about The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.
Especially the science. Or so it struck me, who at times grew impatient with the science aspect. Frankly, I was much more engaged by the Buddhism part of the book--Wright's experiences, chiefly, and his attempts (in Buddhism, there can be nothing but attempts) to explain the ...more
This is a truly remarkable, fantastic book. It is one of those rare volumes that will turn your head inside out and leave you seeing the world differently, not because he (or it) is extreme, but because reality is extreme; he is sewing together science and philosophy and offering readers a breathtaking tapestry for their consideration. Briefly, his argument is that our minds are populated by evolved psychological adaptations that were naturally selected for their adaptive utility, NOT for seeing ...more
I've been interested in many of Robert Wright's other books, but this is the first one I've read. The title is misleading (and perhaps nonsensical?), but there's plenty of interesting reflection here on the benefits of mindfulness meditation, both in terms of personal health and wellbeing, and in better understanding the nature of self and the universe in ways consistent with what scientific discovery has revealed on those subjects. It is in THAT sense that Buddhism is "true", and Wright hastens ...more
This was excellent. I’ve read a lot of books this year, and this was, by far, the most intellectually stimulating. I highly recommend it if you’re into books/apps like Headspace, but are wondering about deeper, more psychological and philosophical aspects of meditative and mindfulness practices. It’s not a book you can read quickly, and you shouldn’t try. By nature, it asks you to stop, think, and contemplate how these things relate to you. I’m sure the things I’ve learned from these pages will ...more