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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:...

Customer Reviews for The Science of Enlightenment

By Linda T
Date Added: Wednesday 24 April 2013
I highly recommend this program, it is a treasure trove of information and wisdom on meditation. I have listened to it several times and use it as a resource.
By Fabien
Date Added: Tuesday 6 December 2011
One of the most intelligent dharma talk you will ever listen if you can totally concentrate on Shinzen's words. Yes, there is a lot to take in but you don't have to listen to it in one go. lol When he's talking about "Enlightenment", he's also talking about "Awakening" (ie Liberation). The two terminology are identical. If you are seeking liberation, then it is one of the most accurate and detailed presentation you will ever listen to. English is not my mother tongue and I have never been scientifically inclined, yet Shinzen makes it easy to understand. Amazing work!!!
By Andrew Young
Date Added: Wednesday 4 March 2009
For brainy, geeky meditators.

One of the most original and in-depth teachers on the PRACTICAL science of consciousness & meditation alive today.

I discovered Shinzen on KPFK radio in L.A. 15 years ago and his lucid, fresh metaphors and explanations still inform my practice and thinking every day.

This guy's gone "all the way" into the practice lineages of Zen (Sasaki Roshi), Theravada, Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana), Kabbalah, and Lakota red road (sundance).

He's a math, science and language fanatic, but you don't need to be one yourself to appreciate his insights.

Note: This teacher has a very unusual voice, but if you can get past that you're in for a treat. - AY
By Chris Cain
Date Added: Tuesday 31 May 2011
It's always interesting to learn something new. There is certainly some gold in here. For what I am looking for, it is a bit deep and complex. I am seeking liberation more as opposed to enlightenment, with any enlightenment as a bonus. I'm sure I will continue to extract and learn more from it as I grow and find it a good purchase.

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