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Buddha's Brain (Hanson & Mendius), RCOE Book Group, Fall 2018: Home

This guide contains resources related to the book and to mindfulness.

About this Book Group

This professional development is designed with RCOE's Goal 4 of Strategic Direction 5 “Preserving Faculty and Staff Excellence” in mind.

Goal 4: Promote Sustainability Through Self-Care, Physical Health, and Work-Life Balance
Bolster collegiality through faculty and staff events. Collaborate with departments outside the RCOE to develop volunteer self-care opportunities for faculty and staff.

Book:  Buddha's brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom, by Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius

Lisa Abbott, University Libraries (
Emory Maiden, Center for Academic Excellence (

Book Group Meeting dates:
Oct. 16:  Intro + Chapters 1 and 2; Nov. 6:  Parts 2 and 3; Nov. 27:  Part 4

Author Information

Rick Hanson

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, October, 1991
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Rosebridge Institute, Walnut Creek, CA,June, 1986
Completed courses for M.A., Developmental Psychology, SFSU, June, 1984
B.A., summa cum laude, UCLA, independent major: Institutional Structure, 1974
Full  CV

With Rick Mendius, M.D., founded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.   Hosts the website.

He is a senior fellow at Greater Good Science Center @ UC Berkley) - FAQ

Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships, 2002
Buddha's Brain, 2009
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, 2011
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, 2013
Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, 2018

Richard Mendius

UCLA, Oregon Health Sciences University, Stanford, Neurologist

Buddha's Brain, 2009
Meditations to train your brain, 2009

His research interest is long-term effects of mediation on aging.


Mindfulness Resources on Campus and Beyond

App State

App Sits - Student meditation group

Koru Mindfulness - Learn mindfulness and mediation techniques. This program was created for college age students and is sometimes offered on campus to faculty and staff.  Required Reading: The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else by Holly B. Rogers

Office of Human Resources - Past workshops have included Koru, Dealing with Anxiety, Alexander Technique for Mindfulness & Presence, Emotional Intelligence

Still Point - "Still Point is an official faculty/staff organization at Appalachian State University dedicated to exploring contemplative inquiry, pedagogy and practice in higher education. We align ourselves with The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society".

Wellness and Prevention Services

And Beyond .....

Center for Koru Mindfulness

Just one thing - Free weekly e-newsletter (Rick Hanson’s)

Hardwiring happiness (Rick Hanson @ TEDxMarin 2013)

Wise brain bulletin - Free, bi-monthly, e-bulletin published by Wellspring Institute (Rick Hanson's)

Mindfulness is experienced in different ways, including yoga, birding, hiking, and other activities.  Some local resources: