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Neurodharma: Exploring Buddhist Themes in the Brain

Dr Rick Hanson

 The Buddha taught that everything arises and passes away due to causes and conditions. The brain is the final common pathway of all the causes and conditions that shape human suffering – and its end. Therefore, understanding major Buddhist themes – such as the feeling (hedonic) tone of experiences, craving, suffering, virtue, mindfulness, concentration, equanimity, lovingkindness, joy, and wisdom – in terms of the brain can deepen insight and conviction, and support and enhance traditional methods for steadying and concentrating the mind, regulating desire, opening the heart, and taking life less personally.

This talk:
•  Explore experience-dependent neuroplasticity – the fact that immaterial mental activity sculpts neural structure – and its implications for Buddhist practice and psychology
•  Discuss the mechanisms of suffering in the brain, and how they evolved
•  Present ways to cultivate the wholesome by weaving positive experiences into the brain

NEURODHARMA Buddhist Science and Psychotherapy
AABCAP; 5th Annual Conference
Recorded August 2011 Sydney Australia

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Dr Rick Hanson

Dr. Rick Hanson, Ph.D is a neuropsychologist, Affiliate Faculty of the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California at Berkeley, and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, he's been invited to lecture at Oxford, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard. Rick’s most recent book is Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom which has been praised by numerous scholars, therapists, and teachers and is being published in eighteen languages besides English. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, he edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his articles have appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Insight Journal, and Inquiring Mind. His Your Wise Brain blog is on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites, and he also has a weekly e-newsletter, Just One Thing. His first book was Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin, 2002). He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, CA.

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