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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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2015-04-12 The Neuroscience of Love 1:36:24
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-12-13 Rick and Wes: Brama Vihara Exercises 58:25
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science
2014-12-13 Saturday Morning Guided Sit 60:05
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science
2014-12-09 Cultivation and the End of Craving 54:35
Craving causes suffering-but what causes craving? This talk explores how craving is caused by an underlying sense of deficit or disturbance-and how repeatedly internalizing experiences of core needs being met helps "de-fuel" the fires of craving.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science
2014-09-27 Pet The Lizard, Feed The Mouse, Hug The Monkey 45:22
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-09-27 Growing Inner Resources 56:40
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-09-13 Unilateral Virtue, Kindness and Assertiveness 1:21:43
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-09-13 Empathy 59:23
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-09-13 Two Wolves in the Heart 16:30
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-09-13 Your Loving Nature 27:18
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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