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.
Stretch Your prospective a little.
This wonderfully challenging book intertwines Darwin’s theory of natural selection, modern research in neuroscience and ancient Buddhist teachings. The result is relevant in today’s chaotic world. The author puts forth the idea that our feelings emerge the processes of “ natural selection “ as described by Darwin. An organisms “purpose “ is to pass its gene on to the next generation . Based on natural selection we like sweet food because it’s energy dense than long-chain carbohydrates. Men prefer younger women since they are more likely to carry on the genes. All organisms want to spread their genes, whether they know it or not. Dr. Wright suggests we notice our feelings and where they emerge from. For me this is wonderfully complex stuff. I applaud Dr. Wright
I feel like one of the Great Truths of this book is that it made me sleepy.