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.
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.
par Mariam A•
Oct 17, 2017
Excellent course! I had the chance of taking it around the same time Prof. Wright's book, Why Buddhism is True, hit the shelves, so I enjoyed reading several interviews about the book and the subject of this course in mainstream Buddhist online magazines and publications. It was really interesting to put it all in perspective and read the critiques' opinion pieces too. The course itself is very well organized, the structure is clear, with many references, good examples, even anecdotes. Dr Wright's teaching style is lighthearted and enjoyable, yet very clear and on point. If you have an interest in evolutionary psychology and Buddhism, don't miss this course.
par JOHN R A J•
Apr 05, 2018
I was inspired to take Robert Wright's course Buddhism and Modern Psychology after reading the book he researched and wrote while teaching this course, with the provocative title Why Buddhism is True. I've read Wright's previous books The Moral Animal, NonZero and The Evolution of God. Wright's academic interests lie at the intersection between Darwinian evolutionary psychology, religion and moral philosophy. This course and his latest book offer convincing arguments for why scientific evidence supports both the Buddhist diagnosis of the "human predicament" and its prescriptions for coping with, if not exactly overcoming, the inevitable dissatisfaction and displeasure that we all experience. I highly recommend the course to anyone interested in this particular perspective and especially to the religious skeptics and empiricists out there.
Jan 16, 2016
really interesting ...
par Charis N•
Feb 09, 2017
Best thing I've done for a looooong time !!!
par Gavin D•
Jun 07, 2016
This is the first Coursera course that I have taken, and I was extremely glad to have taken it. Robert Wright is a wonderful lecturer - extremely intelligent, engaging and also adds some fun to the content.
Thank you Robert - I learnt a surprising amount in many unexpected areas. I am glad to have encountered you and am already beginning to seek out other material that you have produced.
par Iain U•
Oct 15, 2015
Really enjoyed the course, especially the Frasier and Milo show! (office hours)
par Arne K•
Oct 19, 2017
Thoughtprovoking, insightful, exciting and entertaining. A great lecture and performance.
par TRUDY D•
Jun 04, 2018
The course on Buddhism and Modern Psychology was most interesting. I have been able to apply the knowledge gained in this course and incorporate it into my everyday life.
I believe that anyone even slightly interested in either Buddhism and/or Modern Psychology would find this course to be very valuable and enlightening.
par Lawrence A•
Sep 26, 2015
An excellent course! Very highly recommended!
par Daniel S•
Mar 28, 2017
Really enjoyed the topic and the connections between Buddhism and modern psych. Lecturer has a depth of knowledge and an individual style that jumps out of the screen.
par Laura L M•
Nov 03, 2015
I cant wait to keep watching the lectures this is grea
par Karina W•
Jan 17, 2017
Robert Wright is if not the most eloquent person I have seen, at least one of the most. His lectures are clear and the subject is super interesting. As far as the third week videos go, I have not yet seen any statement from him that sounded presumptuous or extremely partial. The way the lessons were organized and explained, I believe, were planned for the western people that sometimes may be a little more skeptical of subjects such as Buddhism.
May 03, 2016
A superb class!
May 25, 2016
par Franz L•
Jun 10, 2016
Very intereting course. I recommend to everyone.
par Jean D•
Aug 13, 2016
Magnifique porte d'entrée vers le bouddhisme et la psychologie évolutionniste.
par Katy D•
Jun 19, 2016
Brilliant. Organised. Interesting. Thought provoking. Really enjoyed the course! Thank you
par Carlos S•
Jan 20, 2016
Good Balance explaining Modern Psychology and Buddhism as well as how the former has aided to support empirically most of the observations laid out by the latter centuries ago. Lectures are very insightful and carefully crafted turning the whole six week course into a delightful experience to those interested not only in Buddhism but also in Modern Psychology and behavioural theory.
par James L S•
Dec 01, 2015
I have been studying and practicing Buddha Dhamma for nearly 20 years and I would say this course is excellent. The lecturer is informed, and is able to combine ancient and modern knowledge in an illuminating manner. The lecturer is enjoyable to watch and is open to suggestions and constructive comments. Overall this is an excellent introduction to Buddhism and Modern Psychology and how they inform each other in a mutually beneficial synthesis.
par Sarah F•
Apr 07, 2016
Great delivery, exceptional humor, enlightening. Thanks!!
par Pramod A•
May 17, 2016
Language fails in describing the Buddha's teaching of concepts such as Non-Self and the experience of deep meditation common to long-time meditators. This is even harder when you consider many learners are from the Western tradition represented by logic, rationale, science, and monotheism. Yet Professor Wright has done a brilliant job of getting the learner to understand what the Buddha taught, using language, metaphors, office hours and interviews with many scientists, scholars and monks to do so very well.
More than the cerebral understanding of the content of any book I have read on Buddhism, I can honestly say I now have a far clearer understanding of the profoundness of the Buddha's teaching and why he insisted we all have to find our own way. I will even go so far as to say I now don't really see my much vaunted mind as my true self. In that sense, this is truly mind-blowing! For that, my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Professor Wright and to his interview guests.
par David L•
May 11, 2016
Professor Wright was incredible, learned a lot from this class in such a condensed period of time. Couldn't be happier with it.
par Ariel A C•
May 13, 2016
This course is excellent to enrich your Buddhist knowledge in relation to modern science/psychology.
par Jim K•
Nov 16, 2016
It is a very interesting topic for me. Dr Wright's teaching are also great for us the learn the basic knowledge about both Buddhism and modern psychology, though the topic itself are very difficult because Buddhism is far more profound than we can expect and modern psychology are still very young.
par Arthur H•
Nov 14, 2017
Very practical ways to understand the wisdom of Buddha.