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"A wonderfully comprehensive book. The authors have made it easy to understand how our minds function and how to make changes so that we can live happier, fuller lives."
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
"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 is simply the best book I have read on why and how we can shape our brains to be peaceful and happy. This is a book that will literally change your brain and your life."
—Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer
"Buddha’s Brain is a significant contribution to understanding the interface between science and meditation in the path of transformation. Illuminating."
—Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma
"Buddha’s Brain is compelling, easy to read, and quite educational. The book skillfully answers the central question of each of our lives—how to be happy—by presenting the core precepts of Buddhism integrated with a primer on how our brains function. This book will be helpful to anyone wanting to understand time-tested ways of skillful living backed up by up-to-date science."
—Frederic Luskin, PhD, author of Forgive for Good and director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects
"I wish I had a science teacher like Rick Hanson when I went to school. Buddha’s Brain is at once fun, fascinating, and profound. It not only shows us effective ways to develop real happiness in our lives, but also explains physiologically how and why they work. As he instructs us to do with positive experiences, take in all the good information this book offers and savor it."
—James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy and cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
"With the mind of a scientist, the perspective of a psychologist, and the wise heart of a parent and devoted meditator, Rick Hanson has created a guide for all of us who want to learn about and apply the scintillating new research that embraces neurology, psychology, and authentic spiritual inquiry. Up-to-date discoveries combined with state-of-the-art practices make this book an engaging read. Buddha’s Brain is at the top of my list!"
—Richard A. Heckler, PhD, assistant professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA
"An illuminating guide to the emerging confluence of cutting-edge neuropsychology and ancient Buddhist wisdom filled with practical suggestions on how to gradually rewire your brain for greater happiness. Lucid, good-humored, and easily accessible."
—John J. Prendergast, PhD, adjunct associate professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies and senior editor of The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence
"Buddha’s Brain will show you how mental practices, informed by the contemplative traditions, can increase your capacity for experiencing happiness and peace. This book provides a scientific understanding of these methods, and clear guidance for practices that cultivate a wise and free heart."
—Tara Brach, PhD author of Radical Acceptance
This is book is well written and easy to read.
Key points explain how your brain works, how you can pay better attention to the way you think, and with practice, how changing your thoughts can change your life.
Rick Hanson's book, "Buddha's Brain", gives a scientific and practical understanding of how our brain works.
I recommend this book to anyone who knows they are not fully functioning as humans and yet feel they are so close. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joe
First third the best the rest a wee bit boring when it come to the various disciplines. However that may be because I'm familiar with many of the suggested processes. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sutherland
The reader will spend time re-reading paragraphs to absorb information. In the end it's worth the effort.Published 8 days ago by Thomas Anthony Agoglia
Buddha's Brain gave a clear, deep understanding of how the brain works and how we can make significant changes in brain chemistry and function by purposeful practicing of healthy... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sonia
The finest non medical professional book of its kind.
I use the important factors of MINDFULLNESS and relaxation techniques.
Last 3 chapters are life tools.
Not a Buddhist, but this gives a lot of helpful information on the way the brain works in regards to religion and interacting with people around you. Read morePublished 19 days ago by jb
This book is awesome. I am an avid self-help reader, and this book brought everything I've read up to this point together from a psychological standpoint.Published 20 days ago by Margaret Mertens