The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

by Shinzen Young
The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

by Shinzen Young


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Enlightenment—is it a myth or is it real? Across time and culture, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now.

Few teachers achieve clarity with the application of scientific inquiry to these states of consciousness like Shinzen Young. Now in paperback, The Science of Enlightenment makes Young’s essential insights available to readers everywhere. The Science of Enlightenment merges scientific precision, Young’s grasp of the source-language teachings of many spiritual traditions, and his rare gift for sparking insight upon insight through original analogies and illustrations. The result: an uncommonly lucid "Aha, now I get it!" guide to mindfulness meditation—how it works and how to use it to enhance our cognitive capacities, compassion, and experience of happiness independent of conditions.

For meditators of all levels and lineages, this multifaceted wisdom gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.

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ISBN-13: 9781683642121
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 281,220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Shinzen Young
Shinzen Young became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled in a PhD program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions: Vajrayana, Zen and Vipassana. Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the burgeoning dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science. Shinzen is known for his innovative "interactive, algorithmic approach" to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy. He leads meditation retreats throughout North America and has helped establish numerous mindfulness centers and programs. He also consults widely on meditation-related research, in both the clinical and the basic science domains. He often says: "My life’s passion lies in exploring what may arise from the cross-fertilization of the best of the East with the best of the West."

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword ix

Author's Preface xv

Chapter 1 My Journey 1

Chapter 2 The Most Fundamental Skill 27

Chapter 3 Mysticism in World Culture 49

Chapter 4 Calming and Clarifying 67

Chapter 5 Insight and Purification 83

Chapter 6 The Many Faces of Impermanence 105

Chapter 7 The Realm of Power 135

Chapter 8 The Real No Self 155

Chapter 9 The Power of Gone 167

Chapter 10 Return to the Source 179

Chapter 11 My Happiest Thought 205

Index 227

About the Author 231

About Unified Mindfulness 233

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