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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (Nov. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441887539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441887535
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erin in Toronto on July 13 2011
Format: Paperback
This book comes as a hugely welcome, reader-friendly primer on a very important area of study. Over the last few decades, scientists, Buddhists, and scholars have renewed investigation into the resonance between science and Buddhism. Analysis of theoretical physics and Buddhism and crossover studies in Buddhism, meditation, and neuroscience are making significant progress in understanding the nature of the cosmos, the wisdom of the Buddha, the importance of meditation, and the structure of the psyche. This book manages to condense and simplify the science and the philosophy, and it offers several recommendations for meditation practice aimed at helping the reader to directly experience the knowledge.

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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A reader on March 19 2013
Format: Paperback
The author (a practicing meditater) has succeeded in generating a pop best-seller without stepping on too many toes.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mohamjip on Oct. 4 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful bridge between Buddhism and neuroscience. It explains why we do the things we do that aren't very helpful to us. Then it tells you what you need to do to learn to act in a way that is skillful. If you read this book then you will get a lot of information, however, information is just a lot of stuff filed in the brain. Often we can intellectualize it and regurgitate what we have read or heard. This book, as the Buddha taught, says that we must take the information and live it in order for change to occur. If reading a book or hearing a teacher would enlighten us, then there would be a lot of enlightened people. Books and teachers simply point the way, like pointing out directions on a map. We have to actually take the trip to get to the destination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah L on April 28 2015
Format: Paperback
“the practical neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain happiness, love & wisdom”
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.
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