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Why Buddhism is True

Why Buddhism is True

By Robert Wrightpaperback21 May 2018
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From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

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.

In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution.

This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark 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. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: Why Buddhism is True
  • Author: Robert Wright
  • Edition Type: Reprint
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439195468
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitle: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: Modern , Inspirational , Psychology
  • Publication Date: 21/05/2018
  • Pages: 321

RATINGS & REVIEW

19/10/2019 9:40:53 PM - Nicola
Circular mental chatter on mindfulness meditation (ironic eh?)
This would probably be the first book on Buddhism in known history to elicit anger rather than equanimity. In a misfired attempt to synthesize the mostly repudiated theories of evolutionary psychology with the well verified principles of mindfulness meditation, there was chapter after chapter filled with vacuous content about contemporary notions in academic psychology (yawn), and very little about Buddhist philosophy. Sorry, I couldn't get past the chapter titled "Nirvana in a nutshell" because the author has no authority to discuss it (yet at least he admits so). Don't read this book as it is very misleading!
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