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Why Buddhism is true : the science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment

Summary: At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer--and the reason we make other people suffer--is that we don't see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: we can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly, and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. Robert Wright not only shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life--how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred--but also how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path. In the light of modern science, both the Buddhist diagnosis and the Buddhist prescription make a whole new kind of sense. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright's book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world's most skilled meditators. It shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.--INSIDE FLAP.

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  • ISBN: 1439195455
  • ISBN: 9781439195451
  • Physical Description: xii, 321 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017.

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General Note:
"August 2017"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-311) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Taking the red pill -- Paradoxes of meditation -- When are feelings illusions? -- Bliss, ecstasy, and more important reasons to meditate -- The alleged nonexistence of your self -- Your CEO is MIA -- The mental modules that run your life -- How thoughts think themselves -- "Self" control -- Encounters with the formless -- The upside of emptiness -- A weedless world -- Like, wow, everything is one (at most) -- Nirvana in a nutshell -- Is enlightenment enlightening? -- Meditation and the unseen order -- Appendix: A list of Buddhist truths.
Subject: Buddhism Apologetic works
Genre: Apologetic writings.

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.
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Allentown Public Library 294.342 WRIG (Text) 34455006358267 Adult Nonfiction 2nd FL Available -
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