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The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

“Enlightenment” - is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now - and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions.  

For decades, one of the most engaging teachers of our time has illuminated the many dimensions of awakening - but solely at his live retreats and on audio recordings. Now, with The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to listeners an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences.  

As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore:    

  • Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths
  • How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice
  • Concentration, clarity, and equanimity - the core catalysts of awakening
  • Impermanence - its many aspects and how to work with them
  • Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self
  • Purification and clarification - how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work
  • Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more 
©2016 Shinzen Young (P)2018 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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If you are thinking of listening to this book - do

I'd never meditated in my life before I listened to this book (the fist time) and I'd never even heard of mindfulness. That is no longer the case. I'm now listening to it again. As a novice, for me, it was the perfect place to start... it gives you a deep and rounded understanding of the process and experience as you grow into it.

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Science @ Meditation

Outstanding audiobook!
Grateful beyond words to Shinzen Young and Audiobooks !
Most highly recommended audiobook for anyone who likes meditation or who is sceptical too!

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Most helpful book

The most helpful book I have listened to on this subject. It analyses and explains everything so well, so that principles and skills stick in the mind for a long time after. Really grateful.

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  • Benjamin Davidson
  • 28-08-18

Best book on meditation available

If you are new to meditation or a veteran, this is an ideal book and practice to start with. Shinzen Young is an excellent teacher. His skill and depth of experience are unparalleled. His knowledge of languages, science, technology, is the broadest I have experienced. Enjoy the book in print and audio.

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  • Brayan
  • 01-11-18

Esclarecedor

Este libro permite explorar temas como mindfulness, Flow, presencia y similares. Menciona prácticas budistas con términos nativos de la India. Puede ser tan profundo o ligero según lo que el lector desee experimentar.

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  • David
  • 19-01-19

Outstanding, provocative book on a critically important subject, presented in a unique way.

I don’t know what is, or could be, more important to human well being than what has traditionally been called “spiritual enlightenment.” This book discusses that topic in a way that is, overall, quite unique and, I think, helpful and useful. I highly recommend it for anyone who’s ever considered the subject. I especially recommend it for those who’ve been interested, but couldn’t, for whatever reason, handle more traditional presentations. Deeply thoughtful, and practical, it could be an important part of a person’s “path.”

Additionally, the reader is outstanding, and makes it easy and pleasant to follow a theme that could otherwise be more difficult and daunting.

Highly recommended!

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  • Nigel
  • 24-12-18

Best overview of enlightenment so far

I really enjoyed this book. So many "Wow!" moments.

If I were to sum up the single thing that really made the book stand out for me, it would be this:

So much of what is written about enlightenment feels to be about the "pre-conceptual" - taking away the contribution of conceptual thought towards our state / how we feel in any given moment. I get this - many of my most precious moments are remembered for the bliss of discovering the spirit in everything that you look at - tree, bird, sky, bush, work of art.... Getting to this point is often a switch that takes you into your appreciation of the thing just for how you sense it. For this reason, I've often assumed that full enlightenment would simply relate to being able to step fully into this "world without words". All of my encounters with the Magic of Everyday Life are consistent with this direction.

I've spent much of my life as a conceptual modeller (and sometimes quantitative modeller) of biological systems. So it's always seemed a little ironic that my pursuit of the spiritual feels like a complete negation of the way that I've invested the last forty professional years.

Shinzen's book has given me a jolt: I'm not just around the corner from living in a world of ongoing magic. I've only glimpsed that first step of the journey! His proposition is that the bliss of stepping towards / blissing out in the non-conceptual MUST be matched by equivalent effort in exploring one's inner world in a way that has analogy to developing a conceptual model of how it functions.

Before reading the book, I'd recommend going through the free course on the linked website: unifiedmindfulness.com.

But don't miss out on the book - it is a tour de force!

Absolutely five stars!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-18

brilliant but theoretical, pretentious narrator

super smart and interesting, but quite dry and abstract. narrator was agonizing for me. sounded like he's trying very hard to make his voice sound aristocratic

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  • Albert James Evans
  • 29-12-18

A good first half, not so much from then on

This book starts out very good, but gets weird there after. Demons and Monsters, Power, mystical powers oh my.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-18

drugs enlighten you

very boring.. I suffered throughout this book.
you can't live in the past or future live in the now.

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  • Tommy B.
  • 10-01-19

Prolix

First third of the book is jerking off his master and telling his life story

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