Hardwiring Happiness: Weaving Love and Inner Peace into Your Brain and Your Life

Northern California  

October 6, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

At Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Woodacre, California

The Buddha taught the mental causes of suffering and happiness, and now, 2500 years later, we are beginning to understand the underlying neural causes of these causes. This “neuro-dharma” offers exciting and powerful ways to deepen insight, strengthen motivation, and cultivate love and inner peace.

In this benefit for Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Dr. Rick Hanson will describe how the brain evolved to make us crave and suffer in order to survive. In particular, its negativity bias means that most experiences of mindfulness, compassion, virtue, and wisdom pass through the brain like water through a sieve, with no lasting value, which undermines motivation and growth on the path of awakening. He will explore one way to solve these problems, through a simple practice that turns everyday experiences into lasting neural resources. You get a strong sense of your needs being met that dramatically reduces the feeling of deficit and disturbance that drives craving, stress, fear, frustration, and heartache. And you rest increasingly in a natural peace, contentment, and love.

$55 – $25 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s): Add $5 at the door.

Register in advance here.