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Download Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Hanson Narrator: Alan Bomar Jones Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia Feret | 2/19/2014

    " Fascinating explanation of current brain research leverage against some basic Zen teachings. Reinvigorated my meditation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent book about the neuroscience of happiness. I learned alot about the brain, and how we're wired as human beings. It's helpful knowledge in understanding how to better work with our own brain to increase our level of wellbeing and joy, while reducing unnecessary stress and unhappiness. Several good recommendations for a regular meditation practice. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Zuckerman | 2/5/2014

    " I'm listening to the audible version of this book. Sometimes it is heavy heavy science - physiology of the brain. A necessary evil to explain how things function. The concepts are amazing - and if adopted by a person could change their life. But so could becoming a triathlete. Takes major dedication. Time to roll up the mental sleeves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/5/2014

    " A BCBC selection for August. While quite heavy on the brain science - I still think this book has some spot on great suggestions for how to use your brain to change your mind. My book is all tabbed-up, always a sign that I enjoyed a book. I have read or tried to read a lot of books on how to "think happy" and I found this one pretty helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/29/2014

    " I was delighted to find a book that mixes modern science with an age old tradition. The science is extremely clear and readable, and Hanson offers so many practical suggestions, some of which are quite fresh, giving the book added value. The practice of "taking in the good" is among my favorites and it alone was worth the price of the book. His guidelines for effective communication, based as they are on compassion AND how our brains work, expanded my understanding of reflective listening and greatly refined the way I want to implement the expressive side of the equation. This chapter was probably the most powerful for me in terms of adjusting a long time understanding. As I read this book, I also listened to the 7 part series called The Compassionate Brain that Hansen offers through Sounds True. The combination of the book and video series was quite effective. I felt my Buddha brain growing inside my skull (and my heart). This book will surely become a frequently consulted reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crowsfoxes | 1/20/2014

    " your can change your brain and be more happy -- Dr. Hanson has the science to back it up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 1/16/2014

    " Good, practical suggestions for rewiring the brain for happiness, serenity, patience, and love. I appreciated the physiological background as it gave me a better understanding how powerful the above tools can be in attaining qualities of a good life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Wedell | 1/9/2014

    " Great book to learn to manage stress and stay centered and on track. It's fascinating to see the purely brain centered scientific aspect to attaining happiness and wisdom ! Makes it somehow more attainable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Doyle | 11/21/2013

    " Helpful ideas and meditations for living with more intention, awareness, and peace. I was disappointed by the inclusion of incongruous nutritional 'advice' in the appendix. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Boney | 11/3/2013

    " One of the best books I've read in ages. This will really change my coaching and take it up a few notches. Pam "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Preble | 10/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed the ideas in this book: that we can all change the way we think and cultivate a more positive outlook even in dark times. I did not enjoy the writing style as much; I found it at times pedantic. However, it's still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Provan | 12/5/2012

    " The relationship of neuroscience and meditative techniques was very interesting. I enjoyed reading the aspects of neuroscience that many people take for granted from a philosophical perspective such as your thoughts change the wiring of your brain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Vanderstoep | 4/17/2012

    " Buddha's Brain spoke both to my head and my heart. Suddenly there was peace between the right brain and the left! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 3/10/2012

    " Ties Buddhist philosophy and practices to what neuroscience has learned about how our brains work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi Repka | 1/31/2012

    " loved this book, I borrowed it from the library to read, but I'm buying a copy for myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Thiagaram | 10/14/2011

    " It was very easy to read and did not require an indepth knowledge of neuroscience to understand. Allogether a superb book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 9/21/2011

    " if taken with an clear mind and a open and peaceful heart, this book can and will change your life in very positive ways. don't wait to read this and immediately apply it's principles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn Kohl | 9/10/2011

    " You can change your brain with the positive energy and techniques in this book, changes to last a life time and bring you deeper happiness. And it's amazing how well these ideas work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/6/2011

    " Great book. Really helped me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.l. | 7/1/2011

    " One doesn't have to be of any particular spiritual tradition -- or spiritual for that matter. This fascinating read underscores our bias for negative thinking -- originally useful for survival -- which can be balanced out by stressing the multitude of small things to be positive about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/5/2011

    " Great book. Really helped me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reflecto | 3/13/2011

    " Explains the science behind how our mind reacts to emotions we feel. The science of happiness, love and wisdom explained in a non threatening way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/5/2011

    " Wonderful look at the coincidence of Zen practices and neurobiology "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/7/2010

    " One of the best books I've read in ages. This will really change my coaching and take it up a few notches. Pam "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 7/30/2010

    " Buddha's Brain spoke both to my head and my heart. Suddenly there was peace between the right brain and the left! "

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About the Narrator

Alan Bomar Jones is an actor and audiobook narrator. He is an award-winning resident artist with the Human Race Theatre Company of Dayton, Ohio, and with the American Stage Theatre Company of St. Petersburg, Florida, and has lent his deep baritone voice to audiobooks such as Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. Jones and his wife, Becky, live in Dayton, Ohio.