If you want to understand the basic biological laws and conditions under which you live, just read Charles Fisher’s book Dismantling Discontent. A former sociology professor, a longtime practitioner of meditation and a natural explorer and raconteur, Fisher reveals how the story of biological evolution supports and amplifies the Buddha’s teaching, especially in regard to the heavenly messengers of old age, illness and death. Drawing on observations of the natural world as well as research from modern neuroscience, Fisher shows how nature lays down the difficult conditions while the Dharma teaches us how to make the best of the situation. As he writes, “Darwin gives us the map, Buddha the compass to find our way home.” Fisher weaves together personal anecdotes, scientific research, poetry and quotes from spiritual teachers, making the book accessible and pleasing to read. In the continuing cross-pollination of science and Dharma, Fisher’s book is a significant contribution.