Robert Wright: On 'Why Buddhism is True'

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Wright delivered a presentation about his newest book, "Why Buddhism is True." Drawing a crowd of students, faculty, and community members alike, Wright’s discourse was followed by a Q&A session. Originally planned to be given at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum after the dinner discussion, the presentation was moved to Pickford Auditorium.

Wright’s speech focused mostly on the concepts in his book, including meditation, natural selection, and evolutionary psychology. At the beginning of his presentation, Wright clarified that his view of Buddhism does not include the ‘supernatural’ or ‘mystical’ parts of the practice, such as reincarnation and rebirth. However, his conception of Buddhism is a ‘naturalistic’ perspective, meaning that he supports the secular and philosophical aspects of the doctrine.