The author has a tremendous ability to take a complex subject and make it understandable through crystal clear and crisp communication. Excellent set of speeches!
I haven't run across Shinzen Young in the context of any of my other studies of dharma or meditation, but I'm glad to have come across these talks here. I've listened to them several times.
This audio book is my personal favorite. The best thing I have heard in my two years of audible membership.
I like teachings that cover universal truths, but distill it down to the essential - without pretension, extraneous information, or speculation. Somewhat scientific, working with established truths and what is demonstrable.
Most books that deal with spiritual subjects require some suspension of disbelief. The science of Enlightenment is the only book that I would give to anyone, regardless of their beliefs or background.
This book helped me begin a regular practice after years of false starts. If you have an interest in meditation and are looking for an understanding of what it can do for you, and how it will do it, you will not be dissappointed. The guided mediations that are included are helpful. Until I listened to this book I could not find the time to practice regularly.
This is a wonderful, learned talk about Buddhism, life, just about everything in the universe, that goes on seemingly forever! Others may differ, but I love Shinzen Youngs voice, its quirky, southern California and so warm and accessible. This is the second time I have listened to this set of lectures, the first on CD, and I love it even more!
I've found his explanation of meditation and the exercises he has provided in this book to be helpful. I'm still hooked on the first meditation exercise "Global Relaxation". One tip, which I don't think he mentions specifically, you have to be sitting up to meditate, if you lie down, once you start getting deeper into that peaceful state, you can't help but dose off. Buy it, you'll enjoy it!
I really wanted to love this book, and the first couple of hours went well - but ultimately I found it too esotheric for me and I put it aside - perhaps I'm just not ready for it yet. If like me, you're just beginning to look into the Buddhist path, I'd recommend you start with something more user friendly - something by Jack Kornfield or Thich Naht Hanh.
When you really want to understand Meditation, this audio set will give you many hours of fun and enlightenment, instruction and a stronger curiosity to seek further, perhaps learn Yoga or Tai Chi. It's definitely a great jumping-off point to a whole new interest, or surely a fun listen if it's all 'old hat' to you. Starting with the most enthusiastic voice, clear, articulate and bright as a brand new silver dollar, the author, Shinzen Young, prepares you for the time of your life and somehow keeps the energy levels and enthusiam up, up and up, beginning to end. It's easy to listen to again and again - and I have, partly because it's new to me, partly because I bought it for targeted information, which requires scanning, but mostly just because it's so much fun. He's great company on a lonely evening, and once or twice listening has cheered me when life seemed a little down. The information contained, which seems vast to a newby like me, none-the-less doesn't intimidate, and makes meditation sound immensely sensible, without sounding too foreign or exotic. A bonus is that the author has additional recordings and written works to enjoy, easily available, too. The Science of Enlightenment could be just what many people are looking for in this world. It's more of a full-fledged course, than just a passive listen -- if that's what you want to make of it, so it's a bargain at any price.
I will just add one more review for this great book. Besides the content of the book, which perfectly fits the title - finally a great connection is made between science and meditation - the reading style is really nice, like a light conversation to us, a radiocast interview, a conference presentation. Not too slow not too quick, a feel-good book for the soul...