Show Notes Episode 84 – Shinzen Young: The Science and Practice of Progressive Enlightenment

You may be following a path toward enlightenment through mindfulness, but do you have a practice? What does having a practice actually mean?

Discover the important differences with Paul and noted mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant Shinzen Young in this very contemplative Living 4D conversation.

Learn more about Shinzen’s work at his website and on Twitter.

Show Notes

  • The universally important thing Asia did better than any other part of the world, according to Shinzen. (4:56)
  • The creation of modern science. (10:03)
  • Why the number 4 is significant. (17:11)
  • Looking at a practice from two points of view. (27:50)
  • Comparing ordinary and extraordinary happiness. (34:55)
  • Defining contemplative-based psychospiritual growth. (42:20)
  • Four dimensions of happiness. (50:55)
  • Why Shinzen uses the word practice rather than meditation. (54:37)
  • Concentration, clarity and equanimity. (1:02:32)
  • β€œMost human beings will not experience extraordinary happiness until the very end of their lives, if then, unless they have a practice.” (1:11:17)
  • The beneficial co-evolution of modern science and contemplative practice is what the mindfulness movement is really about. (1:26:00)
  • How human history could radically change for the better within a century. (1:30:16)
  • Why Shinzen uses the word equanimity. (1:44:58)
  • The four parameters of a mindfulness practice. (1:56:44)


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