The Science of Enlightenment
How Meditation Works
by Shinzen Young
Learn the core scientifically proven insights of the meditative path that lead to the true discovery of enlightenment.
About the book:
“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 readers 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 “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.
For meditators of all levels and beliefs—especially those who think they’ve heard it all—this many-faceted gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.
About the author:
Shinzen Young leads meditation retreats throughout North America and has helped establish many mindfulness centers and programs. He consults on meditation-related research at Harvard Medical School, Carnegie Mellon University, and other institutions. He lives in Vermont. For more, visit shinzen.org
TITLE: The Science of Enlightenment
SUBTITLE: How Meditation Works
AUTHOR: Young, Shinzen
PUBLISHER: Sounds True (http://www.soundstrue.com)
PUBLICATION DATE: 09/01/2016
NO. OF PAGES: 252
SPECS: 6” x 9”
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What People Are Saying About Shinzen Young’s The Science of Enlightenment:
“With warmth, wisdom, and stunning precision, Shinzen Young maps out his unique path through and out of the realms of suffering; a towering work by one of the great teachers of our time.”
—Leonard Cohen, Grammy® award-winning singer/songwriter and poet
“A map of meditation that has the incisiveness of good science, and is fully engaging and refreshing.”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“Shinzen Young is deeply trained and wise, and I’ve personally benefited from his instruction. His book is grounded in science, friendly, clear, relentlessly helpful—and highly recommended!”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“Shinzen Young is a genuine meditation master, among other talents and abilities far beyond those of mortal monks. His grand vision furthering the unification of science with spirit, as exemplified in this tremendous new work, will help further the integrated science of enlightenment for wise living in this next century.”
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and founder of the Dzogchen Meditation Center
“A beautifully rich, integrative work for students of meditation in our time. Shinzen Young speaks with clarity and authority grounded deep in contemplative experience, and informed by serious, modern scientific inquiry. This book will engage and guide anyone interested in the scholarship, the practice, and the science of meditation.”
—Diane Musho Hamilton, author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution
“A gift from a unique visionary, presenting ancient wisdom in a manner that exemplifies the contemporary zeitgeist.”
—Chade-Meng Tan, bestselling author of Search Inside Yourself
“An approach to mindfulness that is both poetic and rigorous.”
—Maria (Myoshin) Gonzalez, bestselling author of Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others