#249 – Buddha’s Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, & Wisdom with Rick Hanson


Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, he teaches at universities and meditation centers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His work has been featured on the BBC and in Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and other major magazines.

Dr. Hanson’s most recent book is Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, which is being published in eleven languages.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, he edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, has a weekly e-newsletter, Just One Thing, and his Your Wise Brain blog is on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. He has several audio programs with Sounds True, and his first book was Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin, 2002).

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  1. Mike
    Posted October 17, 2010 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Absolutely incredible interview! So complete, so intuitive, so important and incredibly well said!

  2. John Knight
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    That was awesome; reminds me of some of Timothy Leary’s stuff! ;-D I’ve always felt Bhuddists are the best Psychonauts…

  3. Alexei Soma
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I second the other comments – that was one AWESOME interview! Rick Hanson’s words were so insightful, wise and eloquent. And Dr. Dave, of course, brought out that goodness through his absurdly awesome interviewing skills! 🙂

  4. Dave
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I did not catch the definition of mind. Plus, how can something described as nonphysical such as a mind cause a change in something physical such as a brain.

  5. Dee
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Terrific! This is simply required listening for anyone serious or curious about the shaping of or nature of our experience. Thank you!

  6. Sharon
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I followed a google query about one of your guests 3 days ago and have been hooked on Wise Counsel podcasts ever since. And now to find ShrinkRap Radio! Digging Dr Dave and your guests. Thank you!

    Agree this interview was very interesting!

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