Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Category: Book
By (author): Wright, Robert
Subject:  PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist
  PSYCHOLOGY / Evolutionary Psychology
  RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
  SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"A sublime achievement."
-Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Review Quote*"Provocative, informative and... deeply rewarding.... I found myself not just agreeing [with] but applauding the author."
-The New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*"This is exactly the book that so many of us are looking for. Writing with his characteristic wit, brilliance, and tenderhearted skepticism, Robert Wright tells us everything we need to know about the science, practice, and power of Buddhism."
-Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet
Review Quote*"I have been waiting all my life for a readable, lucid explanation of Buddhism by a tough-minded, skeptical intellect. Here it is. This is a scientific and spiritual voyage unlike any I have taken before."
-Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Authentic Happiness
Review Quote*"A fantastically rational introduction to meditation…. It constantly made me smile a little, and occasionally chuckle…. A wry, self-deprecating, and brutally empirical guide to the avoidance of suffering."
-Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine 
Review Quote*"[A] superb, level-headed new book."
-Oliver BurkemanThe Guardian
Review Quote*"Robert Wright brings his sharp wit and love of analysis to good purpose, making a compelling case for the nuts and bolts of how meditation actually works. This book will be useful for all of us, from experienced meditators to hardened skeptics who are wondering what all the fuss is about."
-Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and bestselling author of Real Happiness 
Review Quote*"What happens when someone steeped in evolutionary psychology takes a cool look at Buddhism?  If that person is, like Robert Wright, a gifted writer, the answer is this surprising, enjoyable, challenging, and potentially life-changing book."
-Peter Singer, professor of philosophy at Princeton University and author of Ethics in the Real World
Review Quote*"Delightfully personal, yet broadly important."