Ethan Nichtern – The Road Home – Ep. 39 – Neurodharma with Dr. Rick Hanson

Ethan Nichtern - The Road Home - Ep. 39 - Practices of the Highest Happiness with Dr. Rick Hanson

Dr. Rick Hanson visits Ethan Nichtern for a conversation around the intersection of neuroscience and the contemplative traditions.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, senior fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Learn more about Rick, available courses and his podcast, Being Well, at

Get a download of the first chapter of Rick’s newest book, Neurodharma, as well as 3 free audio meditations recorded by Rick: Bonus Content
New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Practices of the Highest Happiness

Dr. Hanson shares how early in his life he came to appreciate the potential of different contemplative practices. He speaks with Ethan about how that appreciation led to his work exploring the intersection between psychology, neuroscience, and the contemplative traditions.

“The sediment started settling in the pond of my mind. I had a sense of being who I was, the cares would fall away. It was beautiful and also very hopeful to me, this notion, that I could do practices of one kind or another – including meditation – that would actually bear fruit over time.” – Dr. Rick Hanson

Wired For Tigers (15:00)

Our brains are wired for responding to life-threatening scenarios. How does that fear-driven response function in the face of modern-day threats like the Novel Coronavirus?

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Neurodharma (27:00)

Rick talks about his newest book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness. He and Ethan speak about how we can use contemplative practices to overcome the challenges of everyday life and meet our full potential.

“As we practice, we come home to who we have always been underneath it all.” – Dr. Rick Hanson

Explore the science behind mindfulness practice with Dr. Dan Siegel and Francesca Maximé on Ep. 27 the Be Here Now Guest Podcast