Buddha's Brain

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 230 x 155 x 16mm | 374g
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • English
  • figures
  • 1572246952
  • 9781572246959
  • 6,013

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"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
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About Rick Hanson

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.
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