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

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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        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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          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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            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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              "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 "This book enables us to understand the whys and hows of our human operating system so we can make more informed actions that allow us to live our lives more fully, compassionately, and with greater well-being and kindness towards others and ourselves. What I find exciting about Buddha's Brain is Rick Hanson's ability to clearly delineate the root causes of suffering and explain pertinent ways we can actually change these causes and effect lasting change on all levels of our mind, body, and interpersonal relationships. His informative, relaxed, and easy-to-read style of writing made me want to pick up this book again and again and dive ever more deeply into the complexities of our human engineering. Buddha's Brain is now on my recommendation list for all my students and teachers-in-training." --Richard C. Miller, PhD, founding president of Integrative Restoration Institute"Numerous writings in recent years have exacerbated the traditional rift between science and religion; however, there has been a refreshing parallel movement in the opposite direction. Neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in using first-person introspective inquiries of the mind to complement their third-person, Western scientific investigations of the brain. Buddhist contemplative practices are particularly amenable to such collaboration, inviting efforts to find neurobiological explanations for Buddhist philosophy. Stripped of religious baggage, Buddha's Brain clearly describes how modern concepts of evolutionary and cognitive neurobiology support core Buddhist teachings and practice. This book should have great appeal for those seeking a secular spiritual path, while also raising many testable hypotheses for interested neuroscientists." --Jerome Engel, Jr., MD, PhD, Jonathan Sinay Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles"Buddha's Brain makes a significant contribution to the current dynamic dialogue among neuroscience, psychology, and Buddhist disciplines of mind training. Drawing on the wisdom born of their own meditation practice and their scientific backgrounds, the authors point again and again to the possibilities of the deep transformation of our minds and lives." --Christina Feldman, author of Compassion and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity"Recent developments in psychology and the neurosciences have led to clear and powerful insights about how our brains work and how these neurological functions shape our experience of the world. These insights are profoundly congruent with the wisdom that has been developed over thousands of years in the contemplative traditions. The authors of Buddha's Brain have given us a concise and practical guide to how these two currents of knowledge can be used to transform our capacity to engage both ourselves and others with wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness." --Robert D. Truog, MD, professor at Harvard Medical School, executive director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, and senior associate in critical care medicine at Children's Hospital, Boston"A clear introduction to some basic principles of neuroscience and dharma." --Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Essential Spirituality"Buddha's Brain brilliantly reveals the teachings of the Buddha in the light of modern neuroscience. This is a practical guide to changing your reality. This is your brain on Dharma!" --Wes "Scoop" Nisker, author of Essential Crazy Wisdom and editor of Inquiring Mind "Buddha's Brain will show you how mental practices, informed by the contemplative traditions, can increase your capacity for experiencing happiness and peace. This book provides a scientific understanding of these methods, and clear guidance for practices that cultivate a wise and free heart." --Tara Brach, PhD author of Radical Acceptance "An illuminating guide to the emerging confluence of cutting-edge neuropsychology and ancient Buddhist wisdom filled with practical suggestions on how to gradually rewire your brain for greater happiness. Lucid, good-humored, and easily accessible." --John J. Prendergast, PhD, adjunct associate professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies and senior editor of The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence "With the mind of a scientist, the perspective of a psychologist, and the wise heart of a parent and devoted meditator, Rick Hanson has created a guide for all of us who want to learn about and apply the scintillating new research that embraces neurology, psychology, and authentic spiritual inquiry. Up-to-date discoveries combined with state-of-the-art practices make this book an engaging read. Buddha's Brain is at the top of my list!" --Richard A. Heckler, PhD, assistant professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA "I wish I had a science teacher like Rick Hanson when I went to school. Buddha's Brain is at once fun, fascinating, and profound. It not only shows us effective ways to develop real happiness in our lives, but also explains physiologically how and why they work. As he instructs us to do with positive experiences, take in all the good information this book offers and savor it." --James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy and cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center "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 "Buddha's Brain is a significant contribution to understanding the interface between science and meditation in the path of transformation. Illuminating." --Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma "This is simply the best book I have read on why and how we can shape our brains to be peaceful and happy. This is a book that will literally change your brain and your life." --Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book and The Life Organizer "A wonderfully comprehensive book. The authors have made it easy to understand how our minds function and how to make changes so that we can live happier, fuller lives." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness "Buddha s Brain will show you how mental practices, informed by the contemplative traditions, can increase your capacity for experiencing happiness and peace. This book provides a scientific understanding of these methods, and clear guidance for practices that cultivate a wise and free heart." Tara Brach, PhD author of Radical Acceptance " "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 " "Buddha s Brain is a significant contribution to understanding the interface between science and meditation in the path of transformation. Illuminating." Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma " "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" "This book enables us to understand the whys and hows of our human operating system so we can make more informed actions that allow us to live our lives more fully, compassionately, and with greater well-being and kindness towards others and ourselves. What I find exciting about "Buddha s Brain" is Rick Hanson s ability to clearly delineate the root causes of suffering and explain pertinent ways we can actually change these causes and effect lasting change on all levels of our mind, body, and interpersonal relationships. His informative, relaxed, and easy-to-read style of writing made me want to pick up this book again and again and dive ever more deeply into the complexities of our human engineering. Buddha s Brain is now on my recommendation list for all my students and teachers-in-training." Richard C. Miller, PhD, founding president of Integrative Restoration Institute"Numerous writings in recent years have exacerbated the traditional rift between science and religion; however, there has been a refreshing parallel movement in the opposite direction. Neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in using first-person introspective inquiries of the mind to complement their third-person, Western scientific investigations of the brain. Buddhist contemplative practices are particularly amenable to such collaboration, inviting efforts to find neurobiological explanations for Buddhist philosophy. Stripped of religious baggage, "Buddha s Brain" clearly describes how modern concepts of evolutionary and cognitive neurobiology support core Buddhist teachings and practice. This book should have great appeal for those seeking a secular spiritual path, while also raising many testable hypotheses for interested neuroscientists." Jerome Engel, Jr., MD, PhD, Jonathan Sinay Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles""Buddha s Brain" makes a significant contribution to the current dynamic dialogue among neuroscience, psychology, and Buddhist disciplines of mind training. Drawing on the wisdom born of their own meditation practice and their scientific backgrounds, the authors point again and again to the possibilities of the deep transformation of our minds and lives." Christina Feldman, author of "Compassion "and" The Buddhist Path to Simplicity""Recent developments in psychology and the neurosciences have led to clear and powerful insights about how our brains work and how these neurological functions shape our experience of the world. These insights are profoundly congruent with the wisdom that has been developed over thousands of years in the contemplative traditions. The authors of "Buddha s Brain" have given us a concise and practical guide to how these two currents of knowledge can be used to transform our capacity to engage both ourselves and others with wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness." Robert D. Truog, MD, professor at Harvard Medical School, executive director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, and senior associate in critical care medicine at Children s Hospital, Boston"A clear introduction to some basic principles of neuroscience and dharma." Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of "Essential Spirituality"""Buddha s Brain" brilliantly reveals the teachings of the Buddha in the light of modern neuroscience. This is a practical guide to changing your reality. This is your brain on Dharma!" Wes "Scoop" Nisker, author of "Essential Crazy Wisdom "and editor of "Inquiring Mind"" ""Buddha s Brain" will show you how mental practices, informed by the contemplative traditions, can increase your capacity for experiencing happiness and peace. This book provides a scientific understanding of these methods, and clear guidance for practices that cultivate a wise and free heart." Tara Brach, PhD author of "Radical Acceptance"" "An illuminating guide to the emerging confluence of cutting-edge neuropsychology and ancient Buddhist wisdom filled with practical suggestions on how to gradually rewire your brain for greater happiness. Lucid, good-humored, and easily accessible." John J. Prendergast, PhD, adjunct associate professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies and senior editor of "The Sacred Mirror "and "Listening from the Heart of Silence"" "With the mind of a scientist, the perspective of a psychologist, and the wise heart of a parent and devoted meditator, Rick Hanson has created a guide for all of us who want to learn about and apply the scintillating new research that embraces neurology, psychology, and authentic spiritual inquiry. Up-to-date discoveries combined with state-of-the-art practices make this book an engaging read. "Buddha s Brain" is at the top of my list!" Richard A. Heckler, PhD, assistant professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA" "I wish I had a science teacher like Rick Hanson when I went to school. "Buddha s Brain "is at once fun, fascinating, and profound. It not only shows us effective ways to develop real happiness in our lives, but also explains physiologically how and why they work. As he instructs us to do with positive experiences, take in all the good information this book offers and savor it." James Baraz, author of "Awakening Joy" and cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center" "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" "Buddha s Brain is a significant contribution to understanding the interface between science and meditation in the path of transformation. Illuminating." Joseph Goldstein, author of "A Heart Full of Peace "and" One Dharma"" "This is simply the best book I have read on why and how we can shape our brains to be peaceful and happy. This is a book that will literally change your brain and your life." Jennifer Louden, author of "The Woman s Comfort Book" and "The Life Organizer "" "A wonderfully comprehensive book. The authors have made it easy to understand how our minds function and how to make changes so that we can live happier, fuller lives." Sharon Salzberg, author of "Lovingkindness"" "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 ""Buddha's Brain" will show you how mental practices, informed by the contemplative traditions, can increase your capacity for experiencing happiness and peace. This book provides a scientific understanding of these methods, and clear guidance for practices that cultivate a wise and free heart." --Tara Brach, PhD author of "Radical Acceptance" "Buddha's Brain is a significant contribution to understanding the interface between science and meditation in the path of transformation. Illuminating." --Joseph Goldstein, author of "A Heart Full of Peace "and" One Dharma"

              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
              Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
              Country of Publication: US
              Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 1.6
              Weight (kg): 0.39