Buddhism and Modern Psychology

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Buddhism and Modern Psychology

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Created by:   Princeton University

  • Robert Wright

    Taught by:    Robert Wright


    This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under this scrutiny. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate meditation—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: that the self doesn’t exist, and that much of perceived reality is in some sense illusory. Do these claims, radical as they sound, make a certain kind of sense in light of modern psychology? And what are the implications of all this for how we should live our lives? Can meditation make us not just happier, but better people?


    Week 1:The Buddhist Diagnosis
    Week 2:The Buddhist Prescription
    Week 3:Does Your Self Exist?
    Week 4:A New Model of the Mind
    Week 5:Mental Modules and Meditation
    Week 6:What is Enlightenment?