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Author: James Kingsland Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780062445193
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A groundbreaking exploration of the “science of enlightenment,” told through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha), by Guardian science editor James Kingsland.

In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India—400 years before the birth of Christ, when the foundations of western science and philosophy were being laid by the great minds of Ancient Greece—a prince turned ascetic wanderer sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was discovering the astonishing capabilities of the human brain and the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual “enlightenment,” the foundation of Buddhism.

Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha’s Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial and so important for human beings across time. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support and have been proven to be effective in combating many contemporary psychiatric disorders. Siddhartha posited that “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” As we are increasingly driven to distraction by competing demands, our ability to focus and control our thoughts has never been more challenged—or more vital.

Siddhartha’s Brain offers a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why meditative practice has never been more important.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Offers compelling insights and invites further questions about the potential of the human mind.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Reveals not only how mindfulness meditation can rewire the human brain and help us achieve a sense of spiritual fulfillment but also how we can easily integrate the practice into our daily lives.”

    Scientific American

  • “Even readers well steeped in the sutras will likely come away having learned something new.”

    Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

  • “It’s a pleasure to read Siddhartha’s Brain…a smart, accessible balance of philosophical teachings and brain science and how meditation can relate to everything from addiction to Alzheimer’s disease.”

    Associated Press

  • “Masterfully connects core teachings of the Buddha to modern mental health concerns and emerging neuroscience findings.”

    Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work

  • “Expertly weaves the story and teachings of the Buddha with clinical and scientific research.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Crossley delivers the material with aplomb.”


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About the Author

James Kingsland is a science and medical journalist with twenty-five years’ experience working for Nature, New Scientist, and the Guardian. He has recently been commissioning editor and contributor for the Guardian’s Notes & Theories blog. On his own blog, Plastic Brain, he writes about neuroscience and Buddhist psychology.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.