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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.

About the Author

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist 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.

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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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              "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

              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