The Science of Enlightenment

  • by Shinzen Young
  • Narrated by Shinzen Young
  • 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Demystify mysticism and learn techniques to move yourself beyond emotional and intellectual blocks into a realm of clear insight and inner peace. In this complete curriculum for self-investigation Shinzen Young - one of America's foremost meditation teachers - covers traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instruction to show you exactly how enlightenment works, and how to begin your own journey to inner liberation. Topics include concentration, awareness, and merging techniques to explore the self and the world around you, how spiritual practices work in Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many other mystical traditions, as well as 6 complete guided meditation sessions and a host of insights on how to choose and establish your own meditation practice.

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Great Book

This book is packed full with valuable information on every aspects of spiritual liberation. For me, the "Science of Enlightenment" painted a clear picture about spirituality and reaching liberation. This book is basically a series of recorded lectures given by Shinzen Young, which made it as if the author were talking just to me, making up the answers to my personal questions. His style is very down to earth, funny, straight, and to the point. Listening to this book, I realized how much I did not know about what the concepts and terminology in the field of spirituality and enlightenment really meant (even after reading many books on the subject, as well as meditating, and practicing yoga for a number of years.)In "The Science of Enlightenment" Shinzen Young talks candidly about theroretical and practical aspects of meditation, different schools of thought and many apporoaches to traveling the path, as well as recommendations for personal practice to fit any lifestyle. The book also contains some guided mindfulness meditations, and guidance to everyone interested in enlightenment, regardless of their levels of experience. Even though the book is very long, it is well worth listening to (even repeatedly) because it is deep, useful, and relevant to all of our experiences. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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- Emese

Found in translation

For a long time I had been interested in learning more about meditation - but from my limited experience considered it too difficult. I had no understanding of how or why something like meditation could work. The one book I had tried wasn't very practical and the mystical presentation always put me off. The I got this audible on a whim because it was on discount at the time. After finally listening to it on a long car ride, I have been meditating ever since and it has become an important component of my life. Furthermore, I have told others and most everyone that has gone on to listen to it has come back with glowing reviews - this includes a retired psychoanalyst who has read/listened to tons of meditation/spiritual books who told me that this was the clearest presentation of the subject matter that he had heard. The interest has to come from inside though - a few people didn't have the patience to get through it.

What makes Shinzen's approach so helpful to me was that he described vipassana meditation as a form of "internal science". That is, he explains the process of meditation in a structure that a western scientific thinker can understand. In essence, he demystified the mysticism and enabled me to place meditation practice within my already existing framework of knowledge about the operation of the human brain. I could now see what a meditation session might do in terms of effecting actual neurophysiological changes and how that might lead to the overall benefits that are attributed to meditation.

It also offers 6 or so meditations - all about 40 minutes long. 40 minutes is long for a beginner, but I found that he explained everything sufficiently to allow me to go from someone who couldn't meditate more than 2 minutes to someone who lasted all 40.

So, if you are like me, wanting to get into meditation but need to know the how and why, the Science of Enlightenment is a very good place to start.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-1999
  • Publisher: Sounds True