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Buddhism and Modern Psychology , プリンストン大学(Princeton University)



The Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism and science are deeply compatible and has encouraged Western scholars to critically examine both the meditative practice and Buddhist ideas about the human mind. A number of scientists and philosophers have taken up this challenge. There have been brain scans of meditators and philosophical examinations of Buddhist doctrines. There have even been discussions of Darwin and the Buddha: Do early Buddhist descriptions of the mind, and of the human condition, make particular sense in light of evolutionary psychology? This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under this scrutiny. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate meditation—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: that the self doesn’t exist, and that much of perceived reality is in some sense illusory. Do these claims, radical as they sound, make a certain kind of sense in light of modern psychology? And what are the implications of all this for how we should live our lives? Can meditation make us not just happier, but better people? All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion....


by VC

Nov 16, 2015

I have been practicing meditation for two years already.In so far I have attended all Deepak Chopra meditation experiences which I found very helpful but not as helpful this course provided me so far.

by CV

Mar 03, 2016

Engaging content and excellent pace. While the level is introductory (I'd have liked a bit more depth), I would expect this from a lower-division/breadth course—and even more so from a MOOC like this.




May 13, 2019

It was very valuable course, I am sure I can use lots of the context to help people that suffer -without realising- how nature has a huge impact over our feelings.

by Daan van Rossum

May 12, 2019

This may be my favorite course on Coursera so far. I think especially in combination with Paul Bloom's Intro to Psych it was extremely helpful and insightful. The material taught and especially all the additional readings, videos and references was quite exhaustive and made for an incredibly enriching few weeks.

by Douglas Filipenko

May 04, 2019

Awesome course. Well organized lecture material and very interesting course content. Highly recommended.

by Valentina Bongiorno

May 04, 2019

Great course, super enjoyable and makes you reflex a lot about yourself. Highly recommended!

by Richard Zhuang

May 04, 2019

A very good course indeed.

by Giorgios Xarchakos

May 02, 2019

Thank you for this course


Apr 26, 2019

Excellent collection of real wisdom

by Sionade Colby Kilcommons Kyllo

Apr 14, 2019


by Mirjam Blokker

Apr 08, 2019

very interesting, and high level of teaching. The only downside is that the course is mainly talking heads, and some dogs :-) . It could be improved with some more reading material.

by Leonardo Jorge Tito

Apr 08, 2019

excelente ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡