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Taking life less Personally

Dr Rick Hanson

The self – the ego, I, me – is a major source of suffering, as we cling to its wants, try to build up its possessions and glorifications, and react to how others treat it. We believe the self is a real entity – but in the brain, no sign of this being can be found. This talk will:
•  Explore how the delusion of being a self is constructed in the brain
•  Show the actual transience, compoundedness, and dependent origination – and thus the “emptiness” – of the apparent self in the brain
•  Present several brain-savvy practices for relaxing the sense of self 

 NEURODHAMMA’ 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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