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

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Today’s unprecedented meeting of modern brain science and ancient contemplative wisdom offers you powerful new tools for changing the neural wiring and neurochemistry of the brain.

In this seminar recording, learn how to use contemplative neuroscience in down-to-earth ways to:

  • Weave positive experiences into the fabric of the brain and self
  • Stimulate and strengthen the neural circuits of empathy
  • Help clients become more mindful


  1. Describe major mechanisms of neuroplasticity
  2. Explain how to build self-compassion into the brain
  3. Describe the evolutionary basis of the brain’s negativity bias
  4. Summarize the three basic steps of “taking in the good” (TIG)
  5. Integrate the fourth step of TIG to heal painful experiences
  6. Explain how to activate contentment, belonging and peace


The Promise of Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

  • How the mind changes the brain
  • Lessons from 2,500 years of meditative practice
  • Neural circuits of self-compassion
  • Getting on your own side
  • Virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom-resting on the neural functions of regulating, learning and selecting

The Challenge of Evolution

  • Chasing carrots and dodging sticks
  • The negativity bias of the brain
  • How that bias undermines treatment

The Power of Implicit Memory

  • Memory systems, explicit and implicit
  • The importance of inner resources
  • Factors of neuroplasticity

Taking in the Good

  • Turning good facts into good experiences
  • Savouring positive emotions and perspectives
  • Priming implicit memory systems
  • Working with children
  • Why it’s good to feel good
  • Living gratefully

Clearing Old Pain

  • Exploiting the “weak link” in memory consolidation
  • Pairing positive experiences with old pain
  • Special considerations for trauma

Natural Happiness

  • The resting state of the brain: Calm, contented, caring
  • The brain’s three motivational systems: Approach, Attach, Avoid
  • The reactive mode of greed, heartache and hatred (broadly defined)
  • How to build up the neural circuits of the responsive mode of gladness, love and peace

This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes.


About Rick Hanson, Ph.D.


Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centrers worldwide.
Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Centre for nine years, and was President of the Board of Family Works, a community agency. He began meditation in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 111,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity. 
He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

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