Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

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Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

If you change your brain, you can change your life.

Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states.

By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.

This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572246959
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: Unassigned Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 32,621
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist and meditation teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, he cofounded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. He and his wife have two children.
 
Richard Mendius, MD, is a neurologist and cofounder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He has taught medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, and Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He also teaches weekly meditation classes at San Quentin State Prison. He and his wife have three children.
 
Foreword writer Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is executive director of the Mindsight Institute and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of The Developing Mind, The Mindful Brain, and other books, and is founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
 
Preface writer Jack Kornfield, PhD, is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He is author of many books, including A Path with Heart and The Wise Heart.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Self-Transforming Brain 5

Part 1 The Causes of Suffering

Chapter 2 The Evolution of Suffering 23

Chapter 3 The First and Second Dart 49

Part 2 Happiness

Chapter 4 Taking in the Good 67

Chapter 5 Cooling the Fires 79

Chapter 6 Strong Intentions 97

Chapter 7 Equanimity 109

Part 3 Love

Chapter 8 Two Wolves in the Heart 121

Chapter 9 Compassion and Assertion 137

Chapter 10 Boundless Kindness 157

Part 4 Wisdom

Chapter 11 Foundations of Mindfulness 177

Chapter 12 Blissful Concentration 191

Chapter 13 Relaxing the Self 205

Appendix Nutritional Neurochemistry Jan Hanson, L.Ac. 227

References 235

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Buddha's Brain 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to follow the instructions, and not just 'read' this book. If you do, it will help you to slowly re-wire your brain. This is not a religious book, but more like a handbook for the mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, IMO.  Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in Buddhism from a secular statement rather than a religious standpoint. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and read tis book. It will change the way you live your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the only review I've ever felt compelled to write. This book integrates the latest in brain research with mindfulness practices and explains, in easy to understand terms, exactly what is going on in our brains. It explains why positive thinking does change lives. It gives specific exercises that can change your life. I've done a great deal of reading and found this book to be excellent. I ordered it for my adult daughter and will recommend but not let go of my copy. If you are curious and want to be responsible for your own happiness and joy this book is for you! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barns & Noble keeps their promise on shipping. The book arrived at it's destination one day earlier then I thought it would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is both practical and profound. The practices are areligious and always backed with scientific evidence.
ProbingReality More than 1 year ago
Rick Hansen does a fabulous job of linking the sciences of neurology and psychology, to Buddhism by meshing objective conventional science with subjective contemplative science. His language is easy to follow and he uses plenty of examples that challenge careful evaluation.
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Hanson presents information that is scientifically proven in a manner that is easily digeasted.
Tsuwisiwma44 More than 1 year ago
In addition to the podcast, this book is a great read!!
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