The Neuroscience of Zen: Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater

Series: Conversations on Science

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. He is co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. Hanson’s work considers the historically unprecedented meeting of modern brain science and ancient contemplative practices. His book Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom (written with Rick Mendius) shows readers many eective ways to light up the brain circuits that relieve worry and stress, and promote positive relationships and inner peace. His more recent books, Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, and Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence also offers tools for finding peace of mind in stressful times.

Pamela Weiss is an executive coach and the Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response, a company dedicated to bringing mindful awareness into the workplace. Weiss was trained by Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She leads a weekly sitting group through San Francisco Insight and offers meditation retreats internationally. Her work is informed by Zen, Vipassana and Mahamudra, as well as by a dozen years as a student of the Diamond Approach.