• The Marriage of the Millennium

    The world of rigorous science and the world of deep meditation are beginning a mating dance that could rapidly alter human history for the better.

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    The Science of Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment is Real

    Not only is it real, but it can be achieved by normal human beings through the systematic practice of meditation.

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  • How Meditation Works

    An extraordinary state of concentration, clarity, and equanimity allows for a complete sensory experience. The result: happiness independent of conditions.

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Taking the Mist Out of Mysticism

With The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings readers an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences.

As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition.

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The Book

The Science of Enlightenment



Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant.

His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation, known as Unified Mindfulness, has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience.

Shinzen’s interest in Asia began at the age of 14 when he decided to attend Japanese ethnic school in his native city of Los Angeles.

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We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding