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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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Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding. This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom-are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.

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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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              Brilliant

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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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                "Buddha's Brain is compelling, easy to read, and quite educational. The book skillfully answers the central question of each of our lives--how to be happy--by presenting the core precepts of Buddhism integrated with a primer on how our brains function. This book will be helpful to anyone wanting to understand time-tested ways of skillful living backed up by up-to-date science." --Frederic Luskin, PhD, author of "Forgive for Good" and director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects

                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
                Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.9
                Weight (kg): 0.37