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From one of America's greatest minds a journey through psychology philosophy and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happinessRobert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain The mind is designed to often delude us he argued about ourselves and about the world And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustainBut if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety depression anger and greed what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are discovering only now Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly and proposes that seeing the worldclearly through meditation will make us better happier peopleIn Why Buddhism Is True Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology philosophy and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true which is to say a way out of our delusion but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves as individuals and as a species From one of America's greatest minds a journey through psychology philosophy and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happinessRobert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain The mind is designed to often delude us he argued about ourselves and about the world And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustainBut if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety depression anger and greed what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are discovering only now Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly and proposes that seeing the worldclearly through meditation will make us better happier peopleIn Why Buddhism Is True Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology philosophy and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true which is to say a way out of our delusion but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves as individuals and as a species From one of America's greatest minds a journey through psychology philosophy and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happinessRobert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain The mind is designed to often delude us he argued about ourselves and about the world And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustainBut if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety depression anger and greed what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are discovering only now Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly and proposes that seeing the worldclearly through meditation will make us better happier peopleIn Why Buddhism Is True Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology philosophy and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true which is to say a way out of our delusion but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves as individuals and as a species


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    We see the world through the distorting lens of natural selection that's the central idea in Wright's enlightening book but what is good for getting our genes passed onto the next generation all that natural selection cares about does not necessarily make for the good life However many centuries ago Buddhism came up with a way to look beyond our knee jerk reactions of attraction and repulsion It is called mindfulness meditation and Wright adds modern knowledge from neuroscience and psychology to show how we can have a truer sense of our best interests and thereby gain self controlIn particular he is interested in two Buddhist concepts not self and emptiness Incidentally these are two ideas I have long struggled with Let's start with emptiness because Wright helped me finally nail this idea Although we see for example our home as the source of security continuity and lots of warm feelings associated with family it is really just a pile of bricks and mortar In the Buddhist sense it is an empty concept onto which we have projected all these emotions Sure our home evokes lots of strong reaction but a passing stranger would just see a house and react to the architecture or the location which once again carries various cultural projections about whether a detached house is better than a semi detached and how close it is to shops or how remote which are all equally arbitrary criteria As a therapist I'm used to the concept that nothing is inherently good or bad but coloured by how we marshal our experiences our prejudices and our expectationsSo good so far but not self is a much tougher idea What I did find interesting is that Wright scuppers the idea of self as CEO which sits somewhere inside us and decides rationally what actions to take Instead he uses neuroscience to explain that we have various modules that take charge Rather than fighting temptation for example to eat high sugar and fat foods he suggests using the acronym RAIN Recognise the feeling Accept it Investigate the feeling and finally the hard bit but meditation apparently helps to Non identify with the feeling and have Non attachment to it In this way the urge is allowed to form but does not get constantly re inforced by the short term pleasure of for example eating the cake Thus the link to the reward is broken and although the urge might still blossom without gratification it reduces and ultimately subsidesThe downside to this book is that Wright like the majority of us is a relative beginner to meditation and when it comes to seeking clarifications about Buddhism and enlightenment he has to interview people further along the road My suspicion is he often hears what he wants to hear simplifying the arguments and glossing over the complexities of his case Having said that I am convinced that I need to meditate and take on board the concept of emptiness because it is my attachment to particular things and outcomes which is often the source of so my unhappinessA useful book that I will stay with me for a long time and I recommend to others who want to take the red pill and see the 'truth'