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Why Buddhism Is True Audiobook

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment

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Publisher's Summary

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 happiness.

Robert 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 sustain.

But 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 world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In 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.

©2017 Robert Wright. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"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 best-selling author of Authentic Happiness)

"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, best-selling author of Quiet)

"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 best-selling author of Real Happiness)

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  • George
    Louisiana
    10/08/17
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    "Clear Explanation of How the Mind Works"

    Most books on Buddhism teach you how to drive; this book is like having Click and Clack lift the hood of the car and explain very clearly why the engine works. I think it may be one of the most helpful books I've ever read. The clarity with which emotions are explained is amazing. The author convinced me of the effectiveness of mindfulness. He is always careful to say where the science is uncertain or where the Buddhism is not grounded in science. I think I can now read other Buddhism texts, like the Suttas, with a framework for understanding that I did not have before. The author has a conversational, self-depreciating, and personal style of writing that I like. Narration is good.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • jon orourke
    12/08/17
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    "Excellent Explanation of Theravada Buddhism & Mind"
    Where does Why Buddhism Is True rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25% ... but I've read/listened to several Audible books about a variety of topics ...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Buddhism Is True?

    the explanation of the interconnectedness of feelings and thoughts ... how they are different and how interact to determine human behavior.


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • william wheeler
    16/08/17
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    "fantastic book"

    I loved the way the author drew comparison to science and psychology and the buddhist belief in a way that was very easy to understand and follow. if you jave had a difficult time understanding Buddhism read this book

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fyodor
    15/08/17
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    "Very clear and helpful"

    A great argument. Very clear and well structured. The best kind of introduction to Buddhism in a modern context. This helped me a lot to sort out some of the Buddhist concepts which seemed confusing or vague as they're commonly presented. (Something I was expecting for Sam Harris' book on spirituality)

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jose Rodriguez
    08/08/17
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    "Listen with your mind..."

    I don't usually write reviews, unless the material in the book really 'hits home' and this book did. I just purchased this audio book today, already listened for an hour and im 'hooked!' the material in this book plays right along the principles of the Law of Attraction, in the way that we can get, do or be anything we want. All we have to do is meditate, Ask, Believe and Receive. Listen not with your ears, but with your mind.

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    19/08/17
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    "Compelling argument."

    Wright does an amazing job linking evolutionary psychology and Buddhism. The justification of core Buddhist concept via natural selection is a refreshing way of looking at Buddhism. I found this way to follow since just prior to this book, I listened to the Selfish Gene by Dawkins.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hardy
    20/08/17
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    "Incredibly impactful"

    This is one of the most impactful books I have ever read. It is truly a "Quake" book for me regarding its seismic impact on my worldview. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Searcher
    Fort Myers, FL USA
    19/08/17
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    "Worth some of your time..."

    Worth some of your time...
    The author makes a number of important observations. However, there is also quite a bit of filler to work through.
    For example, there are numerous personal anecdotes many of which are rather banal.
    So, I think your time would be better spent with essential Buddhist texts. Plus, it seems to me that the more analytical parts of the book are at least partly based on speculation; precisely what the Buddha advised us not to spend time on.
    As you can see, the author's argument and presentation left me with mixed feelings.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Bethesda, MD, United States
    18/09/17
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    "Weak on Science; Okay on Philosophy"

    I really wanted to like this book but it was not a book I would recommend to people who are looking for a book on Buddhism and Science. I agree with many of the authors' conclusions but is was not compelling and little of what was said was new or interesting. If you are considering a book on the subject of Science and Buddhism, then please consider "The Science of Enlightenment" by Shinzen Young. Shinzen is far more accomplished as a meditator and he is truly gifted in terms of articulation. I also found "Buddha's Brain" by Rick Hanson to be far more interesting in terms of Neuroscience and the benefits of Insight Meditation. The reader was really bland and did not do the book any favors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richard lasater
    15/09/17
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    "sucks. just a long blurb from a graduate student."

    Just a long essay from a new grad student. many, many books are better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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