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Aakanksha Jha

Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Jan 23

Eastern Traditional Wisdom

05:54 AM, Sun, January 23, 2022 — 05:54 AM, Sun, January 23, 2022


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.
Affiliation: Princeton University
Instructor: Robert Wright
Duration: 6 Weeks(2-5 hours/week)