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I really wanted to like this book but it was not a book I would recommend to people who are looking for a book on Buddhism and Science. I agree with many of the authors' conclusions but is was not compelling and little of what was said was new or interesting. If you are considering a book on the subject of Science and Buddhism, then please consider "The Science of Enlightenment" by Shinzen Young. Shinzen is far more accomplished as a meditator and he is truly gifted in terms of articulation. I also found "Buddha's Brain" by Rick Hanson to be far more interesting in terms of Neuroscience and the benefits of Insight Meditation. The reader was really bland and did not do the book any favors.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Most books on Buddhism teach you how to drive; this book is like having Click and Clack lift the hood of the car and explain very clearly why the engine works. I think it may be one of the most helpful books I've ever read. The clarity with which emotions are explained is amazing. The author convinced me of the effectiveness of mindfulness. He is always careful to say where the science is uncertain or where the Buddhism is not grounded in science. I think I can now read other Buddhism texts, like the Suttas, with a framework for understanding that I did not have before. The author has a conversational, self-depreciating, and personal style of writing that I like. Narration is good.
49 of 55 people found this review helpful
I would recommend this book to anyone interested how we are programmed towards dissatisfaction and suffering in this world and how Buddhism's solutions to this dilemma are backed up by modern science. An amazing, well written and read masterpiece.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Very practical and science oriented view! Nice humour to keep one engaged and related. I will add that one needs to keep focus listening, but then that IS one of the points of learning to meditate!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Does a good job of meshing several tenets of Buddhism with our modern understanding of psychology and evolution. The first half or so is thoroughly interesting, but I found it really started to drag on a bit towards the end without him really saying much, but just repeating the same points and stating the obvious. Would be ideal for someone less familiar with Buddhism.
Robert Wright’s persuasive argument of the benefits of meditation - that it makes us all more aware of when our emotions are not aligned with our values or even our short term interests - was a profound insight for me.
It is written for someone who may not understand Buddhism at all, and in an accessible style.
The narrator has a calm voice well suited to the text.