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

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom [Kindle Edition]

Rick Hanson , Daniel J. Siegel
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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"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

Book Description

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (1 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU29WU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, accessible, life changing! 23 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a crime that I am the first on Amazon's uk site to review this! I only bought it having seen the rage reviews on Amazon US, and this book turned out to deserve such reviews.

This book is laid out incredibly well, with a true simplicity which is apt for a buddhist manual. The use of bullet points and clear distinctions between which sections concern the science, and which sections concern the practice, help you to relax and take it all in as you please rather than being force fed everything at once.

This book would be ideal for anybody that isn't too concerned with the more religious aspects of buddhism, that just wants to use it for it's clear and proven psychological benefits, not that it wouldn't be a wonderful book for any practitioner of buddhism to own. Follow the advice in this book and you will improve mentally in every area in which it is possible to improve, and you will know exactly how and why it is working!
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable book 24 July 2010
By EK
Format:Paperback
This book is a valuable read. The subject matter is clearly presented and well written, and justified itself well to me. I didn't buy this book for 'enlightenment', but strangely enough I did have some 'lightbulb moments' whilst reading it - this was a pleasant and unexpected outcome for me. I am looking forward to re-reading it and that says it all.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy 7 Nov 2010
By K701
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was initially intimidated by the title, feeling that anything neuroscience would leave me out of my depth; but on the contrary it provided captivating and accessible insight into how cultivating positive emotions can resculp the brain. This book put many missing pieces of the puzzle together. I was engrossed and didn't want it to end. I look forward to re-reading it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By ToneLa
Format:Kindle Edition
Simply put, this is a neat, informative and evocative illumination of the theories in Buddhism being put into practice.

It is more of a science book than a religious one - and Buddhism itself often veers more into personal philosophy than most conventional religions. The mix in this book is a perfect link between the two: No Buddhist mantra, idea or concept is put forward without either rigorously scientific neurologic understanding being explained to back it up. And conversely, we are taught much about the human mind and its possibilities - why we anger, how we react - and are led into an analysis of what Buddhist traits, exercises or ideas can evoke the change you would want in that area.

So, what you get is a balanced book. I cannot find a flaw with it. I have a deep interest in psychology and [Zen] Buddhism and I found the idea of marrying the two to be intriguing, but I expected the outcome to be dry, or preachy. Fortunately, a lot of Buddhism is fairly unique to how the individual chooses to act; and it's written with a sensitivity to difficult concepts and an attention to phrasing that just transcends the obvious trap of getting caught up in the stuffy implication that a "scientific analysis of Buddhist belief" might otherwise imply. What is most shocking about this book isn't that it is occasionally funny, or makes you gasp out loud in remarkable sudden understanding, or even that it sways religion and science together to the point where they seem unified, not in opposition: The shocking thing about this book is that it is downright charming, in every chapter, in every way, from its subject matter, to its lessons, to its sometimes surprisingly poetic vocabulary.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, Hopeful and Inspiring 13 Aug 2010
By summer
Format:Paperback
A wonderful and inspiring read - accessible, practical, supportive. It helped me really "get" why certain simple meditation and Buddhist practices can literally change your brain bit by bit. and be integrated into your life. I'm familiar with Buddhist teachings and meditation practice, but for me the blend of latest neuropsychology with it has helped me really shape and direct my practice in a helpful and positive way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddha's Brain 8 Nov 2011
By mags
Format:Paperback
Having studied Buddhism I found this book very informative as to how meditation works. Anyone interested in wanting a clamer more peaceful life should read it and follow the meditation. It really works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brainy mindfulness 16 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
Controlled, informative and gently amusing. This book seamlessly ties together stuff from neurology, evolutionary psychology and mindfulness meditation. I am an erstwhile biology teacher and long term meditator. There were several times when I gasped with the delighted surprize of 'of course'. Rick makes it all seem so obvious and straightforward. A useful and delightful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have a science background and I'm also practicing the Dharma. I thought this book draws on many research articles pertaining to neuroscience and was excellently written! This book will help one to understand how we cause ourselves 'secondary' dukka or unsatisfactoriness in our lives so that we can learn new ways of thinking, acting and being with our experience to help us become happier. It does not present quick fixes, but rather a re-orientation in how we can use Buddhist principles and practice in our daily lives coming from a standpoint, based in evidence of how our brains work.

I think it is a superb book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is such a good book - who would have thought neurons and neurotransmitters could be so interesting!
Published 4 days ago by Susie Mackenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book
This book integrates Buddhism and neurology together which is quite interesting. However, it's quite jargon and repetitive. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book came recommended and lived up to expectations.
Published 1 month ago by Mr James McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book to read. Easy to understand and bring to practice.
Published 1 month ago by Suttiruk Jitraruch
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book about the brain and about how to understand ...
Clear and concise.A brilliant book about the brain and about how to understand emotions. A reasonably easy read. I completely recommend this book.
Published 2 months ago by Gillian
3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily so, but worth the
Complex for the layman. Unnecessarily so, but worth the effort
Published 2 months ago by Sid Roberson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Superb book everyone should read this.
Published 2 months ago by Spiorad Saor
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Published 2 months ago by Anna Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book
A recommended book which did not disappoint
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Chris Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the most interesting books I have read for some time, efficient supplier
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