“Enlightenment” - is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now - and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions.
For decades, one of the most engaging teachers of our time has illuminated the many dimensions of awakening - but solely at his live retreats and on audio recordings. Now, with The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to listeners an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences.
As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore:
- Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths
- How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice
- Concentration, clarity, and equanimity - the core catalysts of awakening
- Impermanence - its many aspects and how to work with them
- Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self
- Purification and clarification - how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work
- Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more
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As a meditator and physicist I find this book very interesting. But I doubt it is for everyone. I think you have to be quite experienced to truly understand this book. I guess I will have to listen to it at some time again. But it did make me even more interested in the topic of meditation, gave me some new insights and motivated me to further follow my path as a meditator.
Shinzen is by far one of the best meditation teachers alive today. I have had the privilege of studying with him at his retreats. If this book intrigues you, then you should definitely try to attend a retreat. It will change your life
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phylosifical ideas about meditation
Struggled to finish. It's rather phylosifical ideas about the science of meditation, interesting ideas though