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Of the many books on enlightenment, contemplative practice and well being that I have read over the years, few can compare with what Rick Hanson has achieved in this remarkable program, excepting his previous work, Buddha's Brain, coauthored by neurologist Richard Mendius. Rick Hanson's life works (30 years) has been the in the fields of neuroscience and psychology and as an instructor of meditation. His newest offering, The Enlightened Brain focuses on the space where these three circles overlap. Hanson's previous work, Buddha's Brain is among the pioneers of research combining neurology, psychology and meditation. Before beginning The Enlightened Brain, I assumed it would likely repackage the many important principles of Buddha's Brain. While the book does reintroduce those important concepts, The Enlightened Brain builds upon his prior work with further scientific detail and insight sprinkled with well constructed meditation practices throughout the seven CDs.
This book works through 6 stages of self discovery while describing mechanics and structure of the brain and the subjective experience of the mind. The author guides you through meditative practices after instructing you of physical and mental processes that will occur and the neural changes that can result. Not only can you have the intention for greater peace, happiness and equanimity, you can also carve the trail that leads you there.
The script of this audio book is intellegently crafted and delivered. I appreciate when an author introduces an insightful concept and then follow with" for example..." demonstrating this idea in everyday experience. And like Buddha's Brain, the material is summarized at the end of each chapter. This book is stimulating to the experienced student as well as comprehendible to the beginners mind. I would like to see this material offered in high schools. As far as prerequisite, it is not necessary to read Buddha's Brain prior to listening to The Enlightened Brain, but it could certainly enhance its benefit. In my opinion, both books can and will improve our life experience.
This tape is a onderful addition to one's library. Rick Hanson shares alot of neruscientific data in his course,but in a pleasant manner, His delivery style is very personable, and the directed meditations help reinforce the lessons being taught. The presentation has bestowed on me alot of ah-ha moments , followed by a smile as I connect this dots on how my brain works.
Useful technique to understand the negative bias of the brain and how to change it through the application of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology. Very well explained by Dr. Rich Hanson using clear examples with smooth and tender voice. It is remarkable the simplicity but powerful exercises, especially the Taking in the Good (TIG) technique. Highly recommended.
This is a great buy, a must have for any clinician or professional working with mental illness. I believe the general population would benefit as well, in the everyday battle to achieve happiness Rick provides the tools for us to stop, look around and realize we are already there.
After 40 years of all kinds of meditation, Insight, Dzogchen, Zen, and other journeys, I found this program immensely enlightening and helpful. I only wish I had listened to it years ago. Hanson takes much of what I already knew and made it "real". It seemed to come most alive for me somewhere in the middle where techniques of meditation were discussed. As in everything, it takes a bit of commitment to put this science into practice. Concepts such as emptiness, impermanence, dissatisfaction and shame came alive. Meditators, buy this non-sectarian, non-denominational book and understand why you are doing what you are doing. And, thus, do it better.
Wisdom and knowledge beyond my expectations. Rick Hanson teaches a deeper understanding of the workings and clarity that comes from conscious meditation practice. The exercises and depth in "the Enlightened Brain" are so worth exploring and practicing.
I agree with everything Franklin wrote in his review above. I listened to the CD's on my i-pod while at the beach on Sanibel Island (Jan 2012)and found this Scientifically Sound while still Spiritually Accessable. Wow! What a combination. Trained as a chemist then re-trained as an college educator and finally in the area of my calling, psychotherapist/psychologist I ENJOYED listening to the many mini-lectures and DOING the many Guided Meditations which were up to 45 min. long. I am giving it as a gift to a therapist-friend who has a Buddist background and has been helpful for several members of my family. Can't go wrong with this one! Namaste (No spell checker available, sorry!)