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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (Nov. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441887539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441887535
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #304,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 9 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohamjip on Oct. 4 2013
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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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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 ways can change our brain for the better. A must read for anyone wanting practical ways to calm the nervous system, recover from trauma or just have a better life.
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By tricia hohert on Jan. 19 2013
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A must read, especially if you or someone you know struggles with ADD. Changed my husbands way of approaching life and made a big difference in how we communicate with one another.
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