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Dukkha Without Tanha: Integrating Buddhist Insights and Neuropsychology

Online Program
Dates: Aug 21, 2022

Instructor(s): Rick Hanson, William Edelglass

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Course Description:

As the First Noble Truth, the Buddha pointed to dukkha: some experiences are painful; enjoyable experiences are impermanent; and all phenomena lack an enduring essence. 

Dukkha is routinely (mis)translated as “suffering” or “unsatisfactoriness” – but these are not inherent in it! The Buddha’s liberating teaching in his Second Noble Truth is that it is tanha – “craving” – which turns dukkha into suffering. 

Biologically, we crave when we feel something is missing or wrong. So, in this conversation with Rick Hanson, we'll explore how to build up a sense of fullness and balance that’s hardwired into the nervous system, and grow the inner strengths that can meet our needs without craving . . . and face the challenges of life with an unshakable core of contentment, love, and inner peace.

This conversation will be informed by Rick’s recent book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest HappinessWe will be particularly focused on the selection published in the BCBS Insight Journal, on why life is not inherently suffering.

This event is co-sponsored with Being Well, Inc.RIck-Hanson-Be-Well-100x32.jpg

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His six books have been published in 30 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One ThingBuddha’s Brain,  and Mother Nurture - with over a million copies in English alone. His free newsletters have 220,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the CBS, NPR, the BBC, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  He publishes broadly in Buddhist studies, environmental humanities, and philosophy.  William has practiced in several different Buddhist traditions and has taught widely in dharma centers, academia, as a wilderness guide, and at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India.  William is chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of the journal, Environmental Philosophy. His most recent publication is The Routledge Handbook of Indian Buddhist Philosophy (2022).