The Realm of Giving and Generosity

The specific meaning of “dana” is giving, which is related to the quality of “caga” (in Pali), or generosity. The one involves doing, while the other involves being. While this distinction is useful in its comprehensiveness, in actuality generosity and giving, being and doing, are intertwined and inextricable. Being is itself a kind of doing, as you cannot help but radiate certain qualities out into the world. And every doing – at each endlessly disappearing and regenerating instant of NOW – is a … [Read More...]

Friday Favorite

A little determination can go a long way – as you’ll see in this short video. Enjoy!The post Friday Favorite appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Questions About Mental Health

“What methods can you recommend to help boost memory?” “How can I overcome decision fatigue?” “Do people with a history of recurrent depression have as much capacity for positive change as those who haven’t? How would you describe the balance between accepting “what is” i.e. negative thoughts and feelings, and trying to shift into more positive states of mind without pushing the negative feelings away?” You can find the answers to these and almost 100 other que … [Read More...]

The Healing Power of the Mind

I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the Ask Dr. Nandi Show on The Healing Power of the Mind. I hope you enjoy it! When viewing, please enter password: nandiHealing Power of the Mind – 364 from Ask Dr. Nandi on Vimeo. The post The Healing Power of the Mind appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Giving is Good

Giving – known as “dana” in Pali, the language in which the teachings of the Buddha were first written down – is the first of the ten “paramis” or perfections of a Bodhisattva, a highly Awakened person who postpones his or her ultimate enlightenment to bring all beings to liberation. The other nine paramis (with links to the fantastic Access to Insight website, for more information) are virtue (sila), renunciation (nekkhamma), discernment (pañña), energy/persistence (viriya), patience/fo … [Read More...]

Questions About Relationships

“Does the brain develop primarily due to the influence of relationships?“ “Will you speak to the process of dealing with a relationship loss?“ “What advice can you give to someone whose partner abuses drugs or alcohol?“ You can find the answers to these and almost 100 other questions on 20+ different topics on my FAQs page. Perhaps I’ve answered something you’ve been mulling over, or maybe you’ll simply find it interesting to read what other people are curious … [Read More...]

Questions About Neuroscience

“Why is it important to know about the Responsive and Reactive settings of the brain?” “Is the “fight or flight” response the functional part of the primitive/reptile brain or the emotional brain?” “Is there any evidence that just reading the words which describe an experience will bring activity to the corresponding part of the brain?” You can find the answers to these and almost 100 other questions on 20+ different topics on my FAQs page. Perhaps I’ve answer … [Read More...]

Types of Meditation

You might like this talk from the San Rafael Meditation group discussing the types of meditation. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group. Enjoy!   The post Types of Meditation appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Interview with Prof. Paul Gilbert

Prof. Paul Gilbert interviews me at his home in Derby after my Hardwiring Happiness workshop for Compassionate Wellbeing in 2014 – http://www.compassionatewellbeing.com/. I hope you like it!The post Interview with Prof. Paul Gilbert appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

MPR News Presents: Rick Hanson on ‘Hardwiring Happiness’

I spoke at Augsburg College in Minneapolis Oct. 16, 2014 on Hardwiring Happiness, which was recorded and broadcast on MPR. In this presentation I offer tips on how to overcome the “negativity bias” which helped ancient animals survive, but can pose obstacles to a happy life. Check it out and let me know what you think! The post MPR News Presents: Rick Hanson on ‘Hardwiring Happiness’ appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]


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