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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of 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, ResilientHardwiring HappinessBuddha's BrainJust One Thing, 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 need. 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 BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media, his paper, Learning to Learn from Positive Experiences, was recently published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. 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.

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June 24, 2019 - Seven Awakenings - Monday Night Dharma Talk

Craving, in a neurobiological sense, is a drive state. We crave because there’s an underlying sense of something missing or something wrong, a deficit of safety, satisfaction, or connection. Craving arises dependent on its conditions—of something missing, something wrong — so that as we gradually cultivate a felt sense of nothing missing, nothing wrong, there can be a sense of peacefulness, contentment, and love. As we gradually disengage from the second noble truth of craving, and we increasingly rest in the third noble truth of the easing, even the complete cessation of craving, that’s what I call resting in fullness.

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