The Buddha and Aristotle offer competing visions of the best possible life to which human beings can aspire. In this volume,
Seth Zuiho Segall compares Theravada and Mahayana accounts of enlightenment with Aristotelian and neo-Aristotelian accounts
of eudaimonia, and proposes a syncretic model of eudaimonic enlightenment that, given prevalent Western beliefs about well-being
and human flourishing, provides a credible new end-goal for modern Western Buddhist practice. He then demonstrates how this
proposed synthesis is already deeply reflected in contemporary Western Buddhist rhetoric. Segall re-evaluates traditional
Buddhist teachings on desire, attachment, aversion, nirvana, and selfhood from the eudaimonic enlightenment perspective, and
explores the perspective's ethical and metaphysical implications.