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This book summary and analysis was created for individuals who want to extract the essential contents and are too busy to go through the full version. This book is not intended to replace the original book. Instead, we highly encourage you to buy the full version. If you want to change your life, start with your brain. Humans have brains, and this includes great teachers from history like Buddha, Gandhi, Jesus, and Mohammed. However, there is something in their brains that enabled them to change the world. New studies in science inform us that our thoughts determine how our brains work and, in understanding this, we learn that we have the power to control our own brains into a more positive state. Using the powers of the mind in order to create happiness, feel love, and learn wisdom can be done through the combination of neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness practice. Buddha’s Brain shares the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition in gaining this through mindfulness exercises and guided meditations backed by research on how the brain works and how it can be stimulated to create a better quality of life. Through this book, you will be able to take care of your personal growth that will, ultimately, help you change your whole life. With the power of these three fields, you will be presented with a power that resides within you through practical exercises which you can use to develop your potential that can help you have a peace of mind and life. Wait no more, take action and get this book now!

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Summarized For Busy People

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Based on the Book by Rick Hanson

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PART I: The Causes of Suffering

PART II: Happiness


PART IV: Wisdom




Chapter 1: The Self-Transforming Brain

Your Brain: Fundamental Points

An Unmatched Prospect

The Emerging Brain

The Causes of Suffering

Virtue, Mindfulness, and Wisdom

Leaning the Mind

Being on Your Own Side

The Edge

Part I: The Causes of Suffering

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Suffering

The Developing Brain

Three Survival Strategies

Not So Detached

Not So Long-lasting

An Archetypal Neuron

Not Enjoyable or Hurting

Important Neurochemicals

In the Simulator


Chapter 3: The First and Second Dart

The Darts We Target Ourselves with

Heating Up

Core Components of Your Brain

Smoldering Life

The Parasympathetic Nervous System

The Bigger Scope

Practice Passageway

Part II: Happiness

Chapter 4: Taking in the Good

Memory’s Negative Prejudice

Internalizing Positivity

Healing Pain

Lifetime Learning

The Good Thing about the Good

Chapter 5: Cooling the Fires

Triggering the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Mindfulness Meditation

A Sense of Safety

Discovering Sanctuary

Exploring Your Go-To Person

Chapter 6: Strong Intentions

The Neuroaxis

The Motivational Macrosystem


Several Ways toward the Feeling of Strength

Chapter 7: Equanimity

A Tinge of Equanimity

The Equanimous Brains

Developing Elements of Equanimity

Part III: Love

Chapter 8: Two Wolves in the Heart

The Progression of Relationship

Empathy Routes

Love and Attachment

The Wolf of Hate

Chapter 9: Compassion and Assertion


Feeling at Ease with Closeness

To Avoid Suffering

Affirming Yourself

Effective Communication

Chapter 10: Limitless Kindness

Wishing Others Well

Turning Ill Will to Goodwill

The Ten Thousand Things

Loving-Kindness for All

A Meditation on Loving-Kindness

Part IV: Wisdom

Chapter 11: Foundations of Mindfulness

Your Mindful Brain

Neurological Diversity

Set Intentions

Support for Everyday Mindfulness

Stay Awake and Alert

Silence the Mind

Awareness Itself

Resting in Awareness

Chapter 12: Blissful Concentration

Meditation’s Effect

Focusing on Its Object

Sieving Distractions

Managing the Desire for Stimulation

Rapture and Joy

Singleness of Mind

Concentration Meditation

The Meditation

Chapter 13: Relaxing the Self

Taking the Body for a Walk


Self in Your Brain

(An Apparent) Self Has Its Uses

Release Identification


Healthy Humility

Joined with the World

Joined with Life

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One of the central focuses of this book is in the art of meditation introduced by Buddha; combined with scientific bases, the authors have formulated exercises coming from the Buddhist school of thought that will help readers gain mindfulness and wisdom. From the simplest aspects of the human nature—happiness and sadness—, the readers will gain a deeper understanding of the biological, neurological, as well as spiritual origin of the human wisdom. Every word written on this book have a major influence coming from the Buddhist practice which makes relevant every step of path of the readers’ learning experience.


Chapter 1: The Self-Transforming Brain. This chapter talks about the brain and its relationship with the mind. It introduces how the mind goes hand-in-hand with the meditative qualities of Buddhism in delving into the personal relationship you have with it.

PART I: The Causes of Suffering

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Suffering. There have been age-old reasons as to why humans suffer and this chapter explains this from a neurological perspective and why it is vital to have a self-understanding in being able to better cope with negative pasts.

Chapter 3: The First and Second Dart. For every negative experience, humans react a certain way; in this chapter, the concept of the first and second darts are introduced and explain how the brain participates and contributes to suffering.

PART II: Happiness

Chapter 4: Taking in the Good. Positive memories always refutes negative memories, this chapter teaches the value of constantly thinking about and appreciating the good memories rather than the bad ones.

Chapter 5: Cooling the Fires. In an attempt to ease the mind from harmful emotions and reactions both mentally and physically, this chapter shares opportunities for finding a personal refuge through meditation and integrating this refuge—whether a place or a person—in the mind.

Chapter 6: Strong Intentions. The willingness and strength to push yourself in creating more opportunities for joy rather than pain are shared in this chapter, which will help you experience and harness this power from your inner world.

Chapter 7