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.
I thought this was a great introduction to both modern Buddhist thought and evolutionary psychology. Professor Wright is an excellent lecturer, and his office hours are informative as well as amusing.
par Priya H•
Really loved the lectures and short video conversations that the professor presented. A great balance of relatable, understandable with just a few advanced concepts to keep you interested and know that there's much more to learn. Thanks for this course offering!
par Elena W•
Excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed the professor's explanations and all the guest speakers he invited to give their input. He is very dedicated and answered many questions in his office hours, with humor and genuine care. Also, Frasier and Milo are impossibly cute.
par Aurora T•
I really enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it. Robert Wright is a wonderful teacher and he provides exposure to many different, interesting perspectives through his interviews and reading materials (including one of my favourites, Bhikkhu Bodhi!).
par Veronika C•
Very enriching course that will completely change the way you see yourself and the world around you. It gives you knowledge relevant for anyone. It´s well structured and professor Wright did an amazing job putting the lectures together. I enjoyed every session
par Jeanette H•
Thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking course and Prof Wright's deadpan delivery. While the peer review system for assignments has its limitations and frustrations, for this type of subject matter it can give fascinating insights into the minds of others.
par Michael W W•
I really enjoyed this course, with the detail on how evolutionary psychology supports Buddhist ideas. Prof. Robert Wright is engaging, and the practical observations provided by Fraser and Milo are noteworthy. I highly recommend this thought provoking course.
par Ruchi V•
A well structured, conceptually rich, and intellectually fulfilling course for all students of psychology, as well as for those who wish to delve into the questions of where modern psychology and religion (In this case, Buddhism) stand relative to each other.
par Marcelo B•
This course presents an introduction to the Buddhist teachings and an analysis of these teachings from a perspective of modern psychology (specially evolutionary psychology). A strong recommendation for anyone interested in better understanding our own minds.
par Yevhenii S•
Excellent course for those who try to understand eastern philosophy from rational point of view. Also explains more clearly the effects of meditation and why it worth to try. This course shows that there is nothing mysterious or supernatural in this practice.
par Nora B•
Enjoyed this course immensely and will continue reading and viewing R Wright's podcasts, etc. i found his writing to be sincere and thoughtful and while, modern psychology may be a little too linear for me, I like the idea of studying Evo Psychology further.
par guy k•
I'm extremely interested in the subject, I love both psychology and buddhism and a lot of the view offered in this course I hold as my own. Robert does a good job at explaining everything but in this case, I think the best way to learn is hands on experience
par Scott M•
A wonderful journey into Buddhist psychology through the lens of author Robert Wright. Leans heavily on evolutionary psychology, as that has been the angle of many of Wright's books. It has deepened my interest in the intersection of Buddhism and Psychology.
par pratik b•
A wonderful course.
Before joining the course I knew a bit about Buddhism but Psychology ! I had no clue. The video lectures, the office hours, etc shared by Prof. Wright were expectional. Gain a lot about Buddhism amd Pscychology . Thanks to Prof. Wright.
par Pawan L•
This course has significantly enriched my knowledge of Buddhist ideas. Through the prism of modern sciences, I found Buddhist thoughts most relevant to the modern world.
I will encourage others to spend time on understanding Buddism with Robert Wright.
par Loreana G•
Perhaps one of the most interesting classes I have taken. Professor Wright is truly brilliant and presents the class materials in a way that is quite easy to comprehend and engaging. Definitely a class to take if you value the best academia has to offer.
par David A•
Mr. Wright gave very clear talks. Very understandable and thorough. He was easy to follow, making sure that the important points of his talks were emphasized so I knew where he was going with his thought processes. Thank you for an enjoyable conversation
par Lauren C•
Loved this class. First online course I ever saw through until the end. Informative (interesting lectures and readings), fun (informal office hours videos w/the Professor and his dogs) and applicable to everyday life (learning about meditation benefits).
par Sanjay U•
Thanks for offering this course. It was very helpful and useful for me. Really appreciate all the class lecture videos. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Buddhism and how Psychology is increasing supporting these teachings.
par Hyunsuh K•
Very interesting, critical, and has a lot of food to chew on. On a side note, but definitely worth mentioning, Professor Wright tells hilarious humors wearing his iconic straight face, which makes the courses and office hours all the more fun to watch.
par Jordi C•
As I followed the course my interest grew, because great questions arise, and the connections between Psychology and Buddhism are clear, an exiting discovery for me. Also, professor Wright is an excellent orator, so the lectures was clear and pleasant.
par christiaan t•
Love the course, has increased my understanding of the world and given me something to reflect on. The one downside is that Rober Wright tends to get sidetracked. But would reccomend you take the course if you are intrested in psychology or Buddism.
par Polly D P•
Una gran experiencia, Roberth es excepcional, admiro mucho La manera en que logra transmitir la información, además es muy completo...existe interacción con muchas fuentes de pensamientos. quisiera repetirlo jejej
me gustaría que tuviera certificación
par Kalman R•
A fascinating course on a challenging subject. I learned a lot about the ideas that produced Buddhist and Buddhist-Inspired meditation and how Buddha's pioneering psychological insights stand up in light of modern science. Thank you Professor Wright!
par Stephen M•
This is a great course for both Buddhists and those with an interest in what lies behind human motivation. Dr Wright has a dry sense of humor which comes across in the lectures making them compelling viewing. I really did enjoy the course very much.
par Edna I D A•
Excellent course, I like the way professor Wright introduce us to Buddhism and do the link to the Modern Psychology. Only beware nothing will be the same after this course, the concepts make us to think a new way how we are :). Open mind is the key.