The Neurology of Awakening: Using the New Brain Research to Deepen Your Practice – Selected Readings

The Neurology of Awakening: Using the New Brain Research to Deepen Your Practice – Selected Readings

© Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and Rick Mendius, M.D., 2007


Books—The Brain

Goleman, Daniel

Emotional Intelligence
there are more than one kind of smarts
Destructive Emotions
how things can go really wrong

Sapolsky, Robert

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
And you thought a frontal lobe and foresight were cool things

Buzsaki, Gyorgy

Rhythms of the Brain
Resonances, cyclic behavior,neural synchronization “everything you ever wanted to know about how the brain works but never found the time to look up and read in the original literature”

Damasio, Antonio

The Feeling of What Happens
Concept of core consciousness, autobiographical consciousness, and localization of consciousness at the first body awareness of emotional tone

Sacks, Oliver

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
humane exploration of how brains and selves interact

Schacter, Daniel

The Seven Sins of Memory
will change the way you view your memories and your “self”

Books—Related Context

Gould, Stephen Jay

A Wonderful Life
the accidental nature of our very existence as a species (karma)

Hamer, Dean

The God Gene
how spiritual experiences can pass on (karma)

Ripley, Matthew

Nature Via Nurture
how the brain develops a self

Dennett, Danie

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
reductionistic, but this view needs to be heard and incorporated into a balanced view


Jack Kornfield

A Path with Heart
beautiful introduction to spiritual life, from a Buddhist perspective

Ajahn Brahm

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond
exploration of concentration and extraordinary states of mind from someone who has been there

Bikkhu Bodhi

In the Buddha’s Words
wonderful anthology of the core of the Buddha’s discourses
The Majjhima Nikaya
crystal clear translation of central Buddhist suttas

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