Sounds True Presents: The Enlightened Brain, Part 2

Dr. Rick Hanson on the Neuroscience of Spiritual Awakening
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  • Length 5.5 hours
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course is taught by Dr. Rick Hanson, a pioneering neuropsychologist who has been able to teach students how to naturally change the way that their minds work.

Throughout this program, you’ll explore how you can activate processes inside your brain in order to accelerate your personal transformation.

You’ll understand how thoughts affect your brain physically, how to harness the power of positive thoughts and reverse the effects of stress and pain, and how to create a life filled with joy rather than suffering.

Learn Meditative Practices That Will Transform Your Mind and Your Life

  • Discover How to Steady and Quiet Your Mind to Allow Focus and Concentration
  • Understand the Causes of Suffering So You Can Find Joy and Peace
  • Implement Equanimity in All of Your Daily Activities
  • Uncover Your True Self and Enhance Your Life with Positivity


Use Your Brain’s Neuroplasticity to Transform Yourself in a Profound Way

This course focuses on the best of modern science and ancient Buddhist teachings to give you the tools you need to evolve your mind.

In addition to learning about how the brain works, you’ll also tackle how to take advantage of your brain’s neuroplasticity to change the way that your thoughts affect your life.

As you move through this course, you’ll encounter a variety of exercises and guided practices that will allow you to meditate in ways that will truly transform your mind for the better.

You’ll practice mindfulness, weave positive thoughts and emotions into the fabric of your brain, and strengthen your concentration and focus.

Contents and Overview
This course begins with an introduction to concentrating the mind so you can understand what happens in your brain when you focus.

You’ll then move into your first guided meditation. This exercise will help you steady and quiet the mind, before diving into what occurs in the awakened mind and nirvana.

Dr. Hanson then describes the causes of suffering so you can comprehend how your reactions and your brain can actually create unnecessary suffering.

To move beyond suffering and into a state of peace, you’ll tackle the four components of equanimity before diving into several guided exercises designed to help you focus on your personal transformation.

In order to change, you’ll need to open yourself up to a growing sense of serenity and contentment every day, so you’ll discover how to do that with a sense of equanimity as your foundation.  

The final section of this course focuses on discovering what the “self” is. Through a combination of lectures and exercises, you’ll explore what’s existent and nonexistent in your apparent self.

You’ll learn how to take life less personally and how to be a witness of your life rather than a prisoner.

By the time you complete this course, you’ll have a variety of practical tools that you can use daily to positively change your brain’s function and enhance your life in various ways.  

You’ll be able to use the best that modern science and ancient Buddhist teachings have to offer in order to release fear and negativity and create a life that’s less stressful and more joyful

What are the requirements?

  • You don’t need any special equipment or prior experience to take this course. All you need is some time to move through the lectures and practice the meditations throughout the program.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Deeply understand how the brain works and the impact it can have on your suffering and joy
  • Strengthen concentration and develop a helpful meditative practice
  • Learn how to create stability, inner peace, and equanimity no matter what’s going on outside of you
  • Use neuroscience’s and Buddha’s teachings to discover, understand, and support your true “self”

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of how the mind works
  • Anyone who seeks to transform their mind for the better
  • Anyone interested in learning about modern neuroscience and its connection with ancient Buddhist teachings
  • Anyone who hopes to activate their brain processes and use neuroplasticity to accelerate personal transformation

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Concentrating the Mind
02:51
  • States of deep absorption
  • The importance of building on the fundamentals
09:28
  • What happens in your brain during concentration
  • Stable attention
  • A quiet mind
  • Singleness of mind
  • Concentrated mind
  • Five factors of concentration: applied attention, sustained attention, rapture, joy, and singleness of mind
05:13
  • Qualities of rapture
  • How to stimulate rapture
  • Different personality types and rapture
06:29
  • The different types of joy
  • The neurology of joy
  • Ways of activating joy
  • Knowing happiness, contentment, and tranquility
  • Singleness of mind
Guided Meditation: Steadying the Mind, Quieting the Mind
39:27
08:23
  • Matter and energy
  • Eddies in matter and mind
  • Patterns exist only in the nature of now
  • The four qualities of eddies: impermanence, interdependency, emergent, and unconditioned
  • Thoughts
  • The characteristics of enlightenment
07:19
  • The eight absorptions
  • The progressive process
  • Fertile noise
  • The bare nature of matter and mind
  • The end of suffering
05:56
  • Eddies in the stream
  • Nirvana or other forms of ultimate awakening
  • What if consciousness is woven into the nature of the universe?
Section 1 Study Questions
Article
Section 2: Balance, Steadiness, and Presence
Equanimity
Article
10:08
  • The three aspects of equanimity: balance, steadiness, and presence
  • The difference between calmness and equanimity
  • The evolution of suffering in the brain
  • The three activities of the brain related to suffering
  • The interconnectedness of everything
  • The impossibility of holding on to pleasure and avoiding harm
  • The roots of suffering
03:54
  • The definition of suffering
  • The chain of dependent origination
  • Original contact
  • Feeling tone
  • Craving
  • Clinging
09:05
  • The importance of our reactions
  • The unavoidable discomforts of life
  • The three types of reactions to experience
  • An exaggerated sense of threat
  • Paper tigers and real threats
07:26
  • How the brain regulates emotion
  • Improved ability to change the higher functionings of the brain
  • The amygdala and the hippocampus
  • The stress-response cycle
  • Increased sensitivity to stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Healing the brain
  • Prevention vs. healing
09:17
  • The four components of equanimity: steadiness of mind, global coherence, understanding and intention, and calm and contentment
  • The need to practice equanimity
  • The importance of neutrality
  • The importance of daily meditation
  • Focused intention and concentration
  • Whole-body awareness
  • Not overreacting
  • The continuity of change
Guided Meditation: Focusing on Change
09:50
04:11
  • The vast network of causes
  • The parable of the log
Guided Reflection on the Causes of a Present Difficulty
07:46
02:28
  • Most alarms are meaningless
  • Signal anxiety
Guided Meditation: You’re Alright Right Now
06:44
01:27
  • Exploring your intention
  • Pleasure and pain, praise and blame, gain and loss, fame and ill-repute
Guided Meditation: Tracking the Feeling Tone of Experiences and Their Reactions
15:50
10:25
  • Five steps: first aid when you start to feel upset
  • Step 1: Take a sacred pause
  • Step 2: Practice self-compassion
  • Step 3: Get on your own side
  • Step 4: Make a plan
  • Step 5: Take action in thought, word, and deed
  • Tips for relaxing the parasympathetic response
  • Virtue or restraint
  • The benefits of practicing unilateral virtue
  • Contentment
Guided Meditation: Opening to a Growing Sense of Contentment
12:18
01:15
  • Dr. Hanson’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer
An Introduction to the RAINBOW Practice
Preview
03:25
Guided Meditation: The RAINBOW Practice
20:00
Benefits Derived from the RAINBOW Practice
02:55
Section 2 Study Questions
Article
Section 3: Beyond the Self
Beyond the Self
Article
03:35
  • Who are you?
  • The many answers to the question “Who am I?”
  • There is no “self” in the brain
08:34
  • Buddha’s summary of his teachings
  • The cost of taking life personally
  • The person, the self, and awareness
  • The four attributes of self: unified, stable, independent, and identity
Guided Meditation: Exploring the Experience of Self
08:59
22:05
  • The difference between more or less self
  • What activates the sense of self
  • Self and the brain
  • There is no location of the “I” in the brain
  • The inherent subjectivity of experience
  • The nonexistence of the self
  • A horse vs. a unicorn
  • Representation and reality
  • The convenience of a sense of self
  • The final state of enlightenment
  • The importance of narcissistic supplies
Guided Meditation: Feeding the Hungry Heart
20:33
05:13
  • Cautions about relaxing selfing
  • The distinction between person and self
  • Notice how the sense of self comes and goes
  • Selfing as a process rather than a fixed being
  • Be mindful of yourself as the main actor in various movies
Guided Meditation: Dealing with a Situation Where You Have Personal Investment
13:50
Living Less Personally
02:52
06:39
  • How to pursue personal benefits without ego involvement
  • Your own place in the Allness
Section 3 Study Questions
Article
Section 4: BONUS MATERIAL
BONUS: Learn More from Dr. Rick Hanson
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Instructor Biography

Sounds True, Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

Throughout the years, Sounds True has developed a guiding philosophy that we call "multiple bottom lines." Our dedication to this principle is embodied in our Mission Statement:

The mission of Sounds True is to find teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening and to produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. We treat our authors, vendors, and partners in the same way we would want to be treated. We work flexibly and efficiently together to create a cooperative, loving environment that honors respectful authenticity and individual growth. We maintain a healthy level of profitability so that we are an independent and sustainable employee-owned organization.

The three essential bottom lines for Sounds True are the integrity of our purpose, the well-being of our people, and the maintaining of healthy profits. All three of these priorities are important in the decisions we make as a company. It is our conviction that each of these bottom lines must be healthy for the company to prosper as a whole.

In our history as a publisher, Sounds True has produced a wide variety of formats in order to fulfill our goal of disseminating spiritual wisdom.

Instructor Biography

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency.

He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 111,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

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