This book is a precious jewel from Shinzen's creative mind: brilliant, clear, multi-faceted. He explains the often-mystifying material of spirituality from many angles, utilizing an impressive knowledge of history, language, science, mathematics, even poetry. As a side note, if you are not a science person, don’t worry! In terms of the “science of enlightenment,” Shinzen describes “science” as, “an experiment that is reproducible by anyone.” Shinzen is an expert for any reader, his words are chosen with precision and care, elegance and beauty.
For me, the taste to savor most from these pages, is the 50 years of meditation practice and teaching experience from which the author writes. It is apparent that he has deep insight. Please note: This book touches on dharma teaching as well as neuroscience. It does NOT cover Shinzen's comprehensive meditation techniques or instructions. It should not be mistaken for a practice manual. In addition, this book is not an exhaustive survey of scientific research. You are certain to learn something, if not be utterly changed, by reading this book. Profound.