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Rick Hanson's Dharma Talks
Rick Hanson
I first encountered Buddhism in 1974, and it blew the doors wide open for me with its profound and practical insights into the mind, suffering, and true happiness. Over time I gravitated to the original teachings of the Buddha, embodied in the Theravadan tradition, for their down-to-earth clarity, and important sources for me have included the teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Pali Canon itself. More recently, I've explored grounding the dharma in modern evolutionary neuropsychology - "neurodharma" - recognizing how mind arises dependently upon the body, especially the nervous system as it tries to meet ancient needs for raw survival. I am especially interested in using these approaches to heighten the learning - the cultivation (bhavana) - from beneficial experiences (otherwise often wasted on the brain) to reduce the underlying sense of deficit and disturbance that causes the craving that causes suffering and harm. Overall, I feel amazingly blessed to have the opportunity in this life to ride the dharma stream and share its gifts with others!
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2022-08-21 Dukkha Without Tanha: Integrating Buddhist Insights and Neuropsychology 1:32:03
with William Edelglass
As the First Noble Truth, the Buddha pointed to dukkha: some experiences are painful; enjoyable experiences are impermanent; and all phenomena lack an enduring essence. Dukkha is routinely (mis)translated as “suffering” or “unsatisfactoriness” - but these are not inherent in it! The Buddha’s liberating teaching in his Second Noble Truth is that it is tanha - “craving” - which turns dukkha into suffering. Biologically, we crave when we feel something is missing or wrong. So, in this conversation with Rick Hanson, we'll explore how to build up a sense of fullness and balance that’s hardwired into the nervous system, and grow the inner strengths that can meet our needs without craving . . . and face the challenges of life with an unshakable core of contentment, love, and inner peace.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
2020-06-14 Neurodharma: Science, Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness 4:13:06
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-12-14 Opening into Allness 4:47:56
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-08-17 The Neurodharma of Love 6:51:06
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-06-24 Seven Awakenings - Monday Night Dharma Talk 62:47
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-05-05 Resilient: Cultivating an Unshakable Core 5:58:58
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-02-17 The Neurology of Awakening - Part 1 of 4 62:30
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-02-17 The Neurology of Awakening - Part 2 of 4 1:34:17
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-02-17 The Neurology of Awakening - Part 3 of 4 1:10:06
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2019-02-17 The Neurology of Awakening - Part 4 of 4 1:13:37
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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