One book, one idea: Buddha’s Brain

Buddha's Brain coverIf you know me, you know that I read a lot. And if we’ve spoken often in the past year, you know how much I’ve loved Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love, & wisdom by Rick Hanson, PH.D. and Richard Mendius, MD. There are other books out there that cover similar ground, but for accessibility and depth of insight, this one deserves special mention.

My copy of Buddha’s Brain is hopelessly dog-eared with ideas I want to explore further, but if I had to pull out one gem, it would be the following, from almost the very end of the book:

“The self has no inherent, unconditional, absolute existence apart from the network of causes it arises from, in, and as.”

Whenever I am thinking about networks (frequently) or myself (very frequently), this quote or some version of it whispers to me, and reminds me that there are more subtle ways of seeing and of being.

Purchase the book or the excellent companion audio CD of meditations.