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Buddha's Brain:

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

by

Rick Hanson, PhD

A continuing education course for 5 ces

consisting of reading and taking a post-test on:


APA, BRN, CA BBS, FL, NAADAC, NBCC, TX SBEPC, TXBSWE

The Buddha and other great teachers were born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s – and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world.

Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, clinicians can learn how to use the mind to shape the brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate and strengthen the brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. You’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. This clear, down-to-earth book is filled with practical tools and skills that clinicians can use in daily life to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom.

Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding. This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom-are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.
(courtesy: newharbinger.com)


Photo credit: Kate Amatruda


In this 5 unit course, Learning Objectives are:

To learn how the brain creates worry or inner strength, heartache or love, anger or peacefulness, confusion or clarity, and suffering or its end – and to assist clients in how to:

  • Take in good experiences to feel happier and more confident
  • Defeat the brain’s negativity bias
  • Train the brain to cool down stress, greed, and hatred
  • Energize the neural networks of compassion, empathy, and love – and clear out resentment, envy, and ill will
  • Improve attention for daily life, mindfulness, and meditation
  • Feel more at one with the world, and less separate and vulnerable
  • Get the nutrients the brain needs to maintain a good mood, relieve anxiety, sharpen memory, and strengthen concentration



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The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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To receive credit students must
  • Pass the post-test

  • Upon passing the test, print out your own certificate of completion!

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You will receive instructions, via e-mail, on how to take your test online.

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Your test will be graded online, so the moment you have passed, you may print out your certificate of completion.

That's it! You are done!

 

Table of Contents

(Click links for the excerpts that Dr. Hanson has generously made available to us)

Foreword by Daniel Siegel, M.D.
Preface by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. The Self-Transforming Brain
Part One: The Causes of Suffering
2. The Evolution of Suffering
3. The First and Second Dart
Part Two: Happiness
4. Taking in the Good
5. Cooling the Fires
6. Strong Intentions
7. Equanimity
Part Three: Love
8. Two Wolves in the Heart
9. Compassion and Assertion
10. Boundless Kindness
Part Four: Wisdom
11. Foundations of Mindfulness
12. Blissful Concentration
13. Relaxing the Self
Appendix: Nutritional Neurochemistry
References

 


Rick Hanson, PhD is a neuropsychologist, author, and teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, he founded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and 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.
Rick’s most recent book is Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (with Rick Mendius, M.D.; Foreword by Dan Siegel, M.D. and Preface by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.), which has been praised by numerous scholars, therapists, and teachers, including Tara Brach, Ph.D., Roger Walsh, Ph.D., Sharon Salzberg, and Fred Luskin, Ph.D., and is being published in eight additional languages. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, he edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his articles have appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Insight Journal, and Inquiring Mind; his Your Wise Brain blog is on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. He has a chapter – 7 Facts about the Brain That Incline the Mind to Joy – in Measuring the Immeasurable, as well as several audio programs with Sounds True. His first book was Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin, 2002)

Rick is currently a trustee of Saybrook University. He also served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, CA. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two children. For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

 

 

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Many of our courses contain case material, and may use the methods of qualitative research and analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographic studies. The psychotherapeutic techniques depicted may include play therapy, sandplay therapy, dream analysis, drawing analysis, client and therapist self-report, etc. The materials presented may be considered non-traditional and may be controversial, and may not have widespread endorsement within the profession. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

All material included in this course is either in the public domain, or used with express permission.

Cost of the 5 unit course is $75 which includes the ebook (retail $17.95)

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