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Workshop: Steadying the Mind

Dr Rick Hanson

Mindfulness is a fundamental skill in both Buddhist practice and modern psychotherapy. But to stay alive in the wild, our ancestors evolved highly distractible attentional systems – which pose real challenges to developing greater mindfulness today.

This talk:

•  Discusses how attention works in your brain, and the normal temperamental spectrum of “turtles” and “jackrabbits” at either end of the spectrum. 
•  Presents six methods for strengthening the neural substrates of mindfulness
•  Describes the neural networks of spacious awareness, and explores some ways to activate them


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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