On the Science of Enlightenment

Whilst trying to find a way out of a terribly tedious and frustrating contract with an online retailer, the whole having almost no human contact with other workers or managers, I have been listening to the audio book, The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young.

After what turns out to be some decades of practicing meditation, and occasionally reading around the subject, I still have very little time for formalities, instructions, histories — most are partisan, or worse, ‘New Age.’ But Mr Young is a pleasant revelation, being down-to-earth, well educated in science and the English language, and an initiate into several Buddhist schools, he offers a rare perspective which was at once informative and reassuring. It does seem there is hope that scientific research into the benefits of meditation is really taking off, this past decade: the work that Mr Young explains, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama encourages, especially that of The Mind Life Institute, all lead me to conclude that I ought to return to university and study.

Not to mention this cheap brain scanner, described on TED.

Of particular interest are the chapters on ‘The Realms of Power’ – the trikaya. He presents personal experience in a way only possible for a, for want of a better term, professional practitioner. Although elsewhere in the text, there is a profound comparison of various Buddhist ideas and those of עץ החיים there is no comparison with the trikaya — something I hope to take up with Rabbis shortly. The closest I can think of is not in the Sepher Yetzirah, דעת, Da’art, but then that might better be the source itself, אין סוף, Ein Sof.