Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom – Video & Text Review

Hey Folks,

This is Buddha’s brain, and this is Enlightenment,

and this… is Buddha’s brain on Enlightenment.

You gotta love our Western culture’s mix of “me” centered Egoic wants and the traditional Zen path of no-self.  Considering the millions of books that this mix has sold since the late 60′s, it is apparent that consumers also love it.

Hello Folks, this is Jim from Enlightenmnetdudes.com and this is our review of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.  Now, please keep in mind, Enlightenment Dudes is in no way a Buddhist or Zen blog.  But, we wanted to give our 2 cents on this runaway best seller,  written by Rick Hanson, PhD.


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To say, “Buddha’s Brain has been selling like hot-cakes,”  is an understatement.  This book has been dominating the Zen and Enlightenment charts ever since it hit the streets.

First, let me start off with the upside of this book.  The book does offer some excellent scientific research related to the brain and how it seems to react to practices like meditation and mindfulness.  If this is an area of human science that you are interested in, please don’t let my less then stellar review dissuade you.   The research presented here is fascinating, and the power that we all have to shape our minds seems pretty remarkable.  Keep in mind that I am not a neuroscientist, nor do I play one on TV.  But, the science seems convincing to me.

The fundamental flaw here is the idea that the path to awakening has a lot of side benefits for “you.”   The author seems to assert that the fundamental struggle for truth realization can also make you happier, more peaceful, and prosperous.  Please note that I am not saying the author is incorrect about this.  I have seen how a life of inward looking mindfulness and meditation seems to transform people.   So if you want a more satisfying and peaceful life, this may be the PERFECT book for you.

Most of our website visitors are only interested in waking up, or the journey to no self.  This is precisely the area that this book lets us down.  The author seems far more interested in “selling” a Western audience on the positive benefits of a Buddhist lifestyle than probing the neurological explanations behind the transformation to Spiritual Enlightenment.  In a book called Buddha’s Brain, one can only hope for a real physiological explanation of what happens to a brain when a person reaches the state of abiding non-dual awareness.  Sadly this was not the case.

So, to summarize, if you want to make your life better, happier, and make yourself wiser, get this book.

But, if you are on the hot and narrow path to personal oblivion, then this book will be of little use to you.

With that in mind, we here at enlightenmentdudes.com give Buddha’s Brain a 6 out of 10 on our infinity scale, which means the book is a very good read, but of limited value to the serious seeker.

Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to check out enlightenmentdudes.com for the latest reviews and discussions from the awakening scene.

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