Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

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Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Format:  Paperback,

251 pages

Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2009

ISBN-13: 9781572246959

ISBN-10: 1572246952

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If you change your brain, you can change your life.

Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else's--and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states.

By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. "Buddha's Brain" draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.

This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use everyday to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

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Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2009
ISBN-13: 9781572246959
ISBN-10: 1572246952
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 251
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Self-Transforming Brain
The Causes of Suffering
The Evolution of Suffering
The First and Second Dart
Happiness
Taking in the Good
Cooling the Fires
Strong Intentions
Equanimity
Love
Two Wolves in the Heart
Compassion and Assertion
Boundless Kindness
Wisdom
Foundations of Mindfulness
Blissful Concentration
Relaxing the Self
Appendix Nutritional Neurochemistry
References

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-09-28)

Hanson and Mendius successfully answer the question: How can you use your mind to strengthen positive brain states and ultimately change your life? Arguing that our ancestors' brains, flooded with adrenaline and cor ti sol, were wired for survival, the authors reveal how this neurological propensity for high arousal contributes to our present-day chronic illness, depression, and anxiety. Using Buddhism's eightfold path as a model, they illustrate how meditation and relaxation can change our brain's natural tendencies. Pictures illustrate the brain's functions and practical meditation exercises are found throughout. The authors also discuss the importance of diet and nutritional supplements.

Verdict: An excellent choice for readers wishing to take control of their lives and spiritual well-being. Readers will find practical suggestions along with impressive research about the brain.

-Phyllis Goodman, West Chester Lib., OH

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

If you change your brain, you can change your life.

Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states.

By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.

This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use everyday to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

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