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

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

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Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding.

This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom-are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, figures
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9781572246959



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A brilliant piece of research. Some readers may find it a bit dry, as it reads a bit like a research paper (which it essentially is), but it is just wonderful. Just the idea that science is proving the common sense of Buddhist principles makes me happy. Hopefully it makes other people happy too.

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Finally a book about meditation/mindfulness that cuts through the buddhist chatter and focuses on what is important.

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Arthor discussion on KQED April 22, 2015. Listen to your positive experiences.