The Science of Enlightenment

Teachings and Meditations for Awakening Through Self-Investigation

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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

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Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Kathryn Jarrett L

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.

(Posted on 10/13/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Paul E

Excellent overview of meditation and the experience of awakening.

(Posted on 10/13/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by DARRYL B

good product

(Posted on 10/9/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by DARRYL B

have not used it yet. your products are excellent

(Posted on 10/9/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Jeb W

This is an incredibly educational, ceaselessly engaging series. My wife and I find ourselves listening to it long after we've lost the cognitive capacity to process the material anymore (like children fighting sleep because they don't want to miss out on anything)! These fourteen discs are absolutely replete with wisdom, offering the avid learner heaping helpings of brain candy alongside hours of masterful guidance on the practical aspects of meditation. I bet you'll really like it ;)

(Posted on 10/4/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Bridgit

I'm not through all of the talks yet, but they are amazing. I am learning so much and they are really helping me to deepen my practice. There are some guided meditations included as well which really take you down deep.

(Posted on 9/30/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Kathleen O

This is the best complete set describing meditation I have ever found. Shinzen does a beautiful job!!! I recommend it to everyone I know and they love it too!!! Thank you Shinzen for such a beautiful set on meditation!

(Posted on 9/11/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by NEO P

I am still on session 16 but this is one of the best dharma talks I've heard. Juicy with so much information that you cannot get the first time--in fact if you are distracted for a couple of minutes you miss out something--so I know I will have to hear it again and again! Shinzen explains everything in a very lucid, 'doable' way. Have done the 3 meditations so far and they are excellent as they are not overly guided with longish silences in-between (I wouldn't mind longer silences as too much running commentary irritates me but still good). thank you shinzen young.

(Posted on 4/20/2014)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Linda T

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.

(Posted on 4/24/2013)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Fabien

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!!!

(Posted on 12/5/2011)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Chris Cain

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.

(Posted on 5/31/2011)

Review for The Science of Enlightenment Review by Andrew Young

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

(Posted on 3/4/2009)



Contents 14 CDs (960 minutes)
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 Code AF00879D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (16 hours)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published February 07, 2007
ISBN-10 1-60407-292-X
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-292-1
Product Code AF00879W

CE Credits

Contents 17 CE credits
Date Published July 13, 2010
Product Code CE01859