[Download] Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom By Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Richard Mendius, MD

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

By: Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Richard Mendius, MD
Narrated by: Alan Bomar Jones
Length: 6 hours
Release date: Nov 15, 2010
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (89 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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The Buddha and other great teachers were born with brains built essentially like anyone else's-and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world.

Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate and strengthen your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. You'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. This clear, down-to-earth book is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use in daily life to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

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56 Responses to “[Download] Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom By Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Richard Mendius, MD”

  1. Michael C.

    Good but perhaps better on paper
    I’ve recently become interested in Buddhism and have read numerous introductory books. This one started strong with fresh info on how the brain works. Towards the end it became more of a standard quick intro to types of meditation.

    It is probably better to get as an ebook, as some of the heavier science is probably easier to read at your own pace than to listen to.

  2. Hillary H.

    Wond3rful service book. Its worth your time and money. There are many different ways to meditate and to be mindful.

  3. Zachery Forchione

    Good book, ho-hum narration
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

  4. Willie Humphery

    Excellent combination of two wisdoms
    Great book. It felt however that Buddhist concepts were taken for face value and science (maybe selectively?) used to prove its points however possible. Still, finding the connections very useable in my Buddhist meditation practice. There are things that are better explained using Western notions for Westerners than the Eastern mythical language, at times.

  5. Louie Lusignan

    Great chapters on forgiveness and understanding. A bit heavy on the science.
    Title was misleading. More of a brain science book for psychologists. A bit heavy for the layman. Great section on forgiveness. I liked the stories when the author provided them. Lots of hard work by the author and narrator in conveying the science with examples.

  6. Rocky F.

    Get the printed book instead
    Would you try another book from Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius and/or Alan Bomar Jones?

  7. Mi Fiveash

    Excellent Content – Dry Preformance
    Would you consider the audio edition of Buddha’s Brain to be better than the print version?

  8. Peter

    Not for the Faint of Heart
    If you could sum up Buddha’s Brain in three words, what would they be?

  9. Tomasa Wojtanowski

    Complex for listening
    Very good content but too complicated for listening. Several points contains words as below and above. Recommended as text book or kindle.

  10. Alfonso Tarquinio

    Absolutely Incredible
    I’ll listen to this book for the rest of my life. Many clips saved & overall knowledge gained. Definitely worth the credit/purchase!

  11. Numbers Murzynski

    Fails to provide enough backing compared…
    Compared to other titles, this falls flat in regards to education and scientific backing and mentorship of meditation. However, I believe if you want a book regarding Buddha’s principles specifically and more of a mentor approach would have to be the title: Why Buddhism Is True.

  12. Fatimah J.

    Confused writing – awkward reading
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  13. Clinton Mahl

    Enlightening is how I’d describe my listening experience of this title. Very informative and enlightening. I’d definitely listen to this book again.

  14. Regine Stampe

    Good information,
    Even though the timbre of the reader’s voice is good – he reads like he
    Is unconnected . I will try one of the authors other books .

  15. Patrina Niksich

    More than just the practice
    This book was a great teaching not just about the practice of the buddhist philosophy but about why it does what it does to improve our lives and our experience as a human being. I feel it was a very complete book with many things to learn and practice every day and, even though it has a lot of scientific facts, it’s not boring because it is very well combined with practical facts and steps so you can start applying what you’re learning right away.

  16. Star Broadstone

    Scientifically improvement
    if you want to know how your brain works and how to find happiness from within, this would change your life.

  17. Yolande Mcvey

    Drowning in words….
    Would you try another book from Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius and/or Alan Bomar Jones?

  18. Shona Schlipp

    science and mind — very cool
    It’s an interesting read, uncovering connections between the reality of the mind and our relationship to the world.

  19. Constance Amberg

    Very cerebral
    Good material for a neuroscience class or lecture, but not much practical applicability. Good research.

  20. Domenic Schlicher

    Great content !
    I felt the narration was Kind
    OF mechanic AND monotonous.

    That difficulted a lot the comprehension OF the neurological data AND the spiritual experience of the buddist content.

    The Book is great!!!! The service version not so much…. 🙁

  21. Craig T

    Readers Need Apply
    Would you listen to Buddha’s Brain again? Why?

  22. Chuck Derx

    Good Book/ Disappointing Reader
    This is an excellent and useful book, but it is hard going because of a reading that sounds like the guy who narrates “The Way Things Work” on cable TV. It has a quality of canned narration with misplaced emphasis that is sadly distracting in this delicate account of the relationship between the way one’s brain works and the practice of contemporary Buddhism.

  23. Ashanti Colpa

    Buddism and the Brain
    The book is an excellent discussion of the principals of Buddism as related to the functioning brain.
    Thoroughly enjoyable read with valuable insights throughout.

  24. Darrick Lich

    A Good Read
    An interesting book that is worth the read but skip the preface and introduction. Quite a bit of discussion on how the brain works and the evolution of the brain as it relates to human instincts, etc.. It presents an interesting perspective on meditation and controlling / reprogramming the brain with neurobiology in mind. It is consistent with a number of books I’ve read on neuroscience but since that field is still in its infancy the authors have to stretch to make some conclusions. The brain science and mediation effects on the brain could use more support. All in all still a good read.

  25. Customer

    get to know yourself!
    this book is simply amazing! for the scientist or the mentalist, you will enjoy it!

  26. Vanita B.

    Great place to start
    Would you consider the audio edition of Buddha’s Brain to be better than the print version?

  27. Jair

    Outstanding work.
    One of the best work I’ve seen in many years on the subject. Just great!

  28. Bertie K.

    Buddhas Brain
    Excellent read! Love this book! So accessible and so informative! Skillful intersection of mind body spirit . Already using many of these concepts in my practice.

  29. Michelle Lee

    My New Bible
    Just awesome.. Brings together spirit and science beautifully!!! Well narrated. I plan to read this book over and over!! They should teach this stuff in school

  30. Ernesto

    Excellent book!!!
    I love the clarity and informative of this book. It’s really educational and practical. Enjoyable.

  31. Don Inlow

    life changing lessons and insights
    Simply: thank you

    I started reading this book during what ended up being one of the most challenging times of loss and pain I have ever been forced to face. The lessons, insights and techniques comtained herein have left me forever stronger and happier.

  32. Chas Spates

    Brings awareness to where it is missing….
    Great for those interested in deepening their awareness and connection to life. This book was the intersection of science and the Buddhist wisdom tradition. perfect for those wrestling with anxiety or reactivity.

  33. Karima Fix

    Everyone Needs This!
    Articulate expression of complex science in a way that we simple folk can understand… and once we do, it makes meditation a must, a simple intervention for the fight/flight reaction that we all have too often… brilliant.

  34. Leif Garito

    loved this book
    This wonderful book has shown me the light, brought me to Buddha and I am more at peace. I will come back to this book again and again to remember if necessary.

  35. Liz Eberling

    Simple ways to live life
    This is a very good book which teaches simple ways of living life. Points and brings attention a lot of simple things to do that can change the way we look at things. It is using the things to bring more togetherness with nature, God, and each other.

  36. Andrew A.

    Narrator Alan Bomar Jones is monotone.unlistenable
    Would you try another book from Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius and/or Alan Bomar Jones?

  37. Jeffrey Bievenue

    Learning about yourself
    This book is good to learn about how your brain works, where does it come from and it’s relationship with current real life phenomena but the title doesn’t honor the content because the depth of Buda’s teachings is less than 5%
    The other 95% is about neuroscience which is ok but I expected more about budas teachings and brain functions

  38. Merlin Sauriol

    Difficult to complete
    What did you like best about Buddha’s Brain? What did you like least?

  39. Justin Goike

    Excellent, especially if you are currently meditating
    If you are using a meditation app like headspace, this book makes a little more practicable sense

  40. Diana

    Interesting – Learned a lot
    What made the experience of listening to Buddha’s Brain the most enjoyable?

  41. Shannon Reninger

    Great book!
    This is a very interesting read and I recommend it to everyone seeking personal development.

  42. Chadwick Gammage

    Very good book
    Would you listen to Buddha’s Brain again? Why?

  43. Andreas

    Interesting and, in the second half, very inspiring
    The density of the text and the abundance of lists in the first half make this audiobook a little hard to get into. The second half is pure practical philosophy and absolutely beautiful, I loved it.

  44. Ellen

    Great Book, But I’d Like a Hard Copy
    Would you listen to Buddha’s Brain again? Why?

  45. Shawn Touch

    Loved it, important book. I found it very informative. Learned a lot. The service was great way to listen while driving.

  46. Trista Felton

    Beautiful and calming book
    O have been meditating for 2 years but I got these book just when I was slowing on my meditation! These book remembered me how important is meditation for mental health and inner peace

  47. Samuel

    Highly educational and enlightening book here!
    This book basically teaches its readers an incredible amount about the brain, and how (through physical means) one can actually change their brain and, in doing so, reach the Buddha (God, Allah, what-have-you) inside each and every one of us. I loved it!

  48. Damian Wilmeth

    Reflections of inner peace
    Listening to perpetual wisdom with gentleman’s soothing voice like guided meditation. Releasing burden of clinging.

  49. Ryan B.

    Great brain food.
    I enjoyed hearing about the workings of the brain, how it is shaped by events, and consequently shapes us. Many say We are what we eat. I now feel, just as importantly, our thoughts shape our thoughts. Taking a mindful approach gives us the best opportunity to best use our grey matter. Well, that’s what I think anyway.

  50. Jessie Mockus

    Not service Friendly
    This book didn’t lend itself well to being read aloud. There was too much detail about the brain that was difficult to comprehend. It was impossible to keep the acronym’s straight. I’m sure the book had diagrams of the brain showing what area was being discussed. This would be extremely helpful.

    That being said the narrator was not very good. He was reading the book word for word and didn’t seem to have a good grasp on the material himself. During the meditation sections he just read right through without any pause to allow for the practice. I felt he read too quickly in general.

    I wouldn’t recommend Budda’s Brain on audio. I have listened to other books by the author that were also read by him that were excellent. This one missed the mark.

  51. Korey Ziegenfuss

    difficult to follow
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  52. Customer

    A JOY TO READ-traffic is a good thing
    Wonderful content with the right amount of science. Made my commute a joy in traffic.

  53. Lamont V.

    Don’t mix your ice cream types
    This book attempts to combine an explanation of brain physiology and the principles of Buddhism (via meditation). The brain aspects are given quickly and difficult to comprehend. The meditation sections are good for people that meditate, but sporadicly given. Ultimately, the idea of connecting detailed brain physiology analysis with meditation fails. Buddhism is a fascinating topic. So is how the brain works. But just like mixing chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream – two good things mixed doesn’t equate to a good book.

  54. Lenard Izzo

    Exploring the possibilities
    Loved this book. But, plan to listen to it at home the second time. Not in the car, too much good information to miss because of traffic.

  55. Marylyn Dunford

    Buddhas Brain is Brilliant
    Rick Hansen provides human beings with a deep understanding of the many facets of our brain and our being. I will listen to this frequently. I will also get my hands on everything he has written and follow his blog. The man is just incredible.

  56. Roxanna Clowers

    Collision of Science and Philosophy
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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