Episode 191 :: Dr. Rick Hanson :: Hardwiring Happiness

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Dr. Rick Hanson

Dr. Rick Hanson returns to speak with us about his new book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.

Our practice is a tricky one. It goes against the stream, it takes effort, and sometimes that effort isn’t itself really clear. Are we trying to get somewhere, make a change, or are we perfect just as we are? Of course, we do suffer. Bare attention alone is a starting point, providing a wonderful learning springboard from which bhavana, or development, can occur. But what does that mean in contemporary terms?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and in meditation centers in Europe, North America, and Australia. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Consumer Reports Health, and U.S. News and World Report, and his articles have appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Insight Journal, and Inquiring Mind. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson is a trustee of Saybrook University. He also served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, CA. I would also like to thank Jenna Chandler for her efforts in coordinating today’s interview, thank you, Jenna.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Mint Chamomile.

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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