Buddha’s Brain


The practical neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain: happiness, love & wisdom (2009)

by Rick Hanson, PhD & Richard Mendius, MD

Whenever someone makes a reference to any religion, faith, or some divine power, I start looking for a way out of that conversation. So I would not have gone out of my way to pick Buddha’s Brains, if a yoga instructor reading this book hadn’t used a term that piqued my curiosity. She said to practice equanimity as we were trying to hold a challenging pose for five breaths. In the one second I diverted my attention from the pose to decide whether I had just heard a macroeconomics term or a Sanskrit one, I lost my balance. “Equanimity is a state of unshakable focus that cannot be distracted by pain or pleasure”, she said.

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