The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

by Shinzen Young


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ISBN-13: 9781683642121
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 264,864
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a precious jewel from Shinzen's creative mind: brilliant, clear, multi-faceted. He explains the often-mystifying material of spirituality from many angles utilizing an impressive knowledge of history, language, science, mathematics, even poetry. As a side note, if you are not a science-person, don’t worry! In terms of the “science of enlightenment,” Shinzen describes “science” as, “an experiment that is reproducible by anyone.” Shinzen is an expert for any reader, his words are chosen with precision and care, elegance and beauty. For me, the taste to savor most from these pages, is the 50 years of meditation practice and teaching experience from which the author writes. It is apparent that he has deep insight. Please note: This book touches on dharma teaching as well as neuroscience. It does NOT cover Shinzen's comprehensive meditation techniques or instructions. It should not be mistaken for a practice manual. In addition, this book is not an exhaustive survey of scientific research. You are certain to learn something, if not be utterly changed, by reading this book. Profound.