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

Buddha's Brain

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

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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'sand 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.

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Great combination of science & meditation

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    Wonderful book to read, re-read and keep

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        I read it for both general interest and because it helps me to centre myself within a busy life. It's a very lovingly crafted book, full of useful information and especially, of tools to attain greater happiness and calm.

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        Fantastic book!!!

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          I will be buying more to give as Xmas presents! Very important book to help us change our thoughts & views of life & understand how & why.

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          Self healing that lasts

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            Scientifically researched and spiritually based, this book describes in clear and simple language, the way we can help our brain to use our mind to live a more peaceful, happier life.

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              Love this read. It's got so much to offer in self learning and improvement to your frame of mind. Easy and readily attainable life enhancing recommendations.

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              "Solidly grounded in the latest neuroscientific research, and supported by a deep understanding of contemplative practice, this book is accessible, compelling, and profound a crystallization of practical wisdom!" Philip David Zelazo, PhD, Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota"

              Forewordp. v
              Prefacep. vii
              Acknowledgementsp. ix
              Introductionp. 1
              The Self-Transforming Brainp. 5
              The Causes of Suffering
              The Evolution of Sufferingp. 23
              The First and Second Dartp. 49
              Happiness
              Taking in the Goodp. 67
              Cooling the Firesp. 79
              Strong Intentionsp. 97
              Equanimityp. 109
              Love
              Two Wolves in the Heartp. 121
              Compassion and Assertionp. 137
              Boundless Kindnessp. 157
              Wisdom
              Foundations of Mindfulnessp. 177
              Blissful Concentrationp. 191
              Relaxing the Selfp. 205
              Appendix Nutritional Neurochemistryp. 227
              Referencesp. 235
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              ISBN: 9781572246959
              ISBN-10: 1572246952
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 272
              Published: 1st November 2009
              Country of Publication: US
              Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.9
              Weight (kg): 0.37