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Shinzen Young

Shinzen Young became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled in a PhD program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions:...

The Science of Enlightenment

Teachings and Meditations for Awakening Through Self-Investigation

Shinzen Young

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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.

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Here, in an unequaled 14-CD course covering traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instructions, 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?

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the benefits of having a regular meditation practice
  • Recognize the similarities between the world’s oldest and largest spiritual traditions in terms of practices of concentration and ideas of enlightenment
  • Utilize meditation practices that focus on relaxation, the body, thinking, the sense of self, expanding and contracting, and the sensory field
  • Describe the meaning of enlightenment and the Buddhist practices used to reach enlightenment
  • Summarize the Buddhist perspective on the self, “the no-self,” and how this is brought into meditation practice
  • Apply Western scientific knowledge to Eastern spiritual practices in order to understand the benefits of both
  • Identify the differences between reaching the source of consciousness/enlightenment, and the realm of power/new age phenomena

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. Includes six complete guided meditation sessions.

Learn More About:

  • Six common traps on the path to awakening - and how to avoid them
  • Ancient mystical teachings in clear, modern language
  • Fascinating research about 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

Product details

Contents 14 CDs (16 hours)
Date Published January 01, 2005
ISBN-10 1-59179-232-0
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-232-1
Dimensions 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Product Codes 0879d, f879d, af00879d
Audio Download:
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Contents 1 Audio download (16 hours)
Date Published February 07, 2007
ISBN-10 1-60407-292-X
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-292-1
Product Codes 0879w, f879w, af00879w
CE Credits:
Contents 17 CE credits
Date Published July 13, 2010
Product Codes 1859, e1859, ce01859

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Customer Reviews

By Kathryn Jarrett L
Date Added: Monday 13 October 2014
I highly recommend Shinzen Young's CDs "The Science of Enlightenment." His discussions would benefit someone entirely new to Buddhist philosophy and practice and simultaneously bring practical and helpful information and insight to a practitioner with decades of meditation experience. Young's friendly, unpretentious approach was easy to listen-to, and at the same time, his discussion was clearly informed by his own practice, extensive experience and impressive scholarship.
By Paul E
Date Added: Monday 13 October 2014
Excellent overview of meditation and the experience of awakening.
Date Added: Thursday 9 October 2014
good product
Date Added: Thursday 9 October 2014
have not used it yet. your products are excellent
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