The Science of Enlightenment: Teachings and Meditations for Awakening Through Self-Investigation

Version: Unabridged
Author: Shinzen Young
Narrator: Shinzen Shinzen Young
Genres: Self Development, Health & Wellness, Buddhism
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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What is enlightenment? Is it a myth or is it real? On The Science of Enlightenment, you will learn that the liberated state is as real as the sensations you are having right now. For it is through the investigation of your own thoughts and feelings that you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions: the state of enlightenment. Through his expertise in both science and spirituality, meditation teacher Shinzen Young demystifies the principles of awakening hidden within the world's great spiritual traditions and shows you how to use them in your own life.

Here, in an unequalled 12-tape course covering traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instruction, you will test for yourself the discoveries of the great wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many others. Why is "single-pointed concentration" so highly regarded on every contemplative path? How do you move beyond emotional/intellectual blocks and into a state of highest presence? Where do psychic powers and other mystical phenomena fit in the architecture of enlightenment? How do you know if your meditation practice is working?

On The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young elucidates these questions with precision and intelligence, demonstrating why he is regarded as one of the Western world's most articulate and understandable teachers of classical mystical experience. The search for awakening is not limited to a chosen few. It is a field open for you to investigate - once you possess the "inner technologies" to do so. Now you can begin that investigation, with The Science of Enlightenment. Six complete guided meditation sessions.

- Six common traps on the path to awakening and how to avoid them
- Ancient mystical teachings in clear, modern language
- Fascinating research on meditation and your brain-wave states, perceptual acuity, oxygen levels, and aging
- How meditation enhances your learning, athletic performance, relationships, and emotional life
- Why your body is the greatest mystical teacher
- How to "digest" harmful mental blockages through inner work
- Samadhi - your "inner microscope" for self-understanding
- Inner healing techniques you won't learn in psychotherapy
- What to do if you lack discipline
- An expansive survey of awakening practices from their tribal roots to the Information Age.

Reviews (2)

Unfortunetly, not very enlightening

Written by Pamela Buchheit on October 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I joined the rental club for this book. I came across the club and this book and thought about it for a month before I joined. I read great reviews on Amazon, and I was very excited to recieve it. I unfortunelty did not like it at all. I sent it back after suffering through the 4th cd. I listen to books all the time and never quit. But I almost fell asleep listening to it, really I was dozing while I was driving. That has never happened before. The tone of his voice and the way he speaks is way too difficult to listen to. The cd's were ininformative about science, at least the first 4 were. They basically talked about meditation. The entire series is how to think deeper with mediation. It was just too boring for me. If you really enjoy meditating then you'll enjoy this. If not don't waste your time and effort.

Science of Enlightenment

Written by Anonymous on July 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought this series was an excellent overview and I learned a great deal. Shinzen Young's speaking style took me a session or two to adjust to, but the information content was fantastic. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is on a contemplative path to help guide and inform you.

Author Details

Author Details

Young, Shinzen

Young is a meditation teacher and professor.