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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 text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher. He is cofounder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. Richard Mendius, MD, is a neurologist and cofounder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. Foreword writer Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is executive director of the Mindsight Institute and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Preface writer Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.
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Buddha's Brain is suitable for beginner and intermediate readers or newcomers to the field of neuroscience. It is well written, balanced, and well presented. I recommend this book highly. In fact, I bought extra copies and gave them away as gifts! Enjoy!
I'm waiting for the next book: Beyond the Brain!
He presents a medical jargon-filled neurologists view of how the brain distorts reality and leads to suffering of the sort long ago described by Buddha. This happens through a built-in "negativity bias [that] fosters or intensifies other unpleasant emotions, such as anger, sorrow, depression, guilt, and shame." "it typically takes about five positive interactions to overcome the effects of a single negative one"
He lists a set of cures based on "Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System" including relaxation, Run warm water over your hands, diaphragm breathing, progressive relaxation, big exhalation, touching the lips, imagery, balancing your heartbeat and, predictably, meditation, among other things.
He talks about the illusory nature of human experience which he calls self-ing, how the brain constructs an apparent, fragmented false self.
"Your brain simulates the world--each of us lives in a virtual reality that's close enough to the real thing that we don't bump into the furniture."
"Just because we have a sense of self does not mean that we are a self. The brain strings together heterogeneous moments of self-ing and subjectivity into an illusion of homogenous coherence and continuity. The self is truly a fictional character. Sometimes it's useful to act as if it's real..."
"The self has no independent existence whatsoever.Read more ›
By Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius
There are some books you read and wonder what you learned from it. I learned so much about myself I don’t know where to begin.
I loved how this book backed up its information with scientific facts. (The writing and words are easy to understand.) The science of how and why your brain does what it does it super amazing. You don’t even realize how much control you actually have over your life till you understand your brain. My life started changing for the better while I was reading this book. I opened up to people for the first time in years. I learned how to love myself every day. I did the work the book suggested. I worked hard trying to understand myself. It was scary at times; the truth can hurt. I am on a journey and this book helped open my doors.
I was already a mediator when I started reading this book. My practise is stronger and more controlled then it has ever been.
I deal with anxiety and depression; this book has given me ways to deal with it. I am not fixed by any means. I definitely have 60% less daily issues with my anxiety and depression; due to reading this book. I feel happier and know I can deal with almost anything.
The biggest thing this book helped me with was my traumatic past. I was walking past an area I was hurt in once. Usually I get tense, my brain and heart hurts walking by that place. One day it didn’t. I cried I was so happy. I started to understand why my brain did what it did. I made a choice to change my reactions to confront them instead. My heart is whole and my brain has replaced some of those negative experiences with positive experiences.Read more ›
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This s excellent read for people who are keen to understand and visualize how our brain reacts and what processes happen during meditation, and why is meditation good for you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AnaLej70
This resource clearly explains why, and outlines how small changes performed regularly, will create big changes.Published 8 months ago by Bonnie
Modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom come together in this easy to read highly practical book with meditations to use.Published 14 months ago by David Brehmer
Great book, very well written, easy to read and understand. Love the informationPublished 15 months ago by carolyn munro
EXCELLENT. A BEAUTIFUL INSPIRING READ STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY GENUINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. FOR ME I LOVE TO HAVE VERY IMPORTANT IDEAS BACKED UP BY SOLID RESEARCH.Published 17 months ago by mary barratt
A wealth of knowledge. A recommended read for anyone interested in learning about why and how the brain works the way it does.Published 18 months ago by nilgawn
Very clear, easy to understand and up to date neuroscience - brain anatomy and function. It is interlaced with a deep knowledge of meditation practice, showing how these ancient... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2013 by Martha McGee
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