Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson

Buddha's Brain

By Rick Hanson

  • Release Date: 2009-11-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Best Brain Book!

    5
    By Fine toyz
    Not that I've read all that many "brain books", but I have to say that this work exceeded my expectations.
  • A great introduction to meditation and the evolution of the mind.

    5
    By Heraclitus was right.
    Everything you wanted to know about the mind, meditation, and spirituality, but were afraid to ask. Are you a "Left Brain" thinker? Do you appreciate the scientific method? Are you interested in learning about meditation/ spirituality and how the brain/mind works, but are put off by the vagueness of religious spiritual teachings regarding the mind and meditation? If so, this is the book for you. If you happen to be a religious and/or spiritual person, this book is for you too! This work certainly was very educational for me. I feel that this book is the perfect introduction to understanding the workings of the brain which allow the mind to coexist and thrive. The authors introduce some very advanced and difficult subjects in a very down to earth manner. Even if you are put off by anatomical and medical terms I think that the authors' clear writing style will allow you to understand these concepts clearly. I will re-read and study this work, using it as a launching pad to further my understanding of mind/consciousness and meditation. To be clear, the authors are apparently very spiritual. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) (smile) While they do use some examples from Buddhism for reference and context, they do not obscure the important concepts of this complex subject with dogma, or an over dependence on religion. Highly recommended!

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