Our Peace of Mind

The Buddha and the Terrorist
12.27.2009
(was 04.12.2009)

Future Perfect: Dreamers, Schemers & Visionaries

Part Four

 

The happiness industry is booming. And with good reason - everyone wants to be happy. Today, science can light the way. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Brain researcher Richard Davidson can sum it up quickly: learn to meditate. Davidson's research studying the brains of longtime Buddhist monks has discovered that most of the time, the brain that meditates is a happy brain. And a Harvard-trained neuro-scientist finds nirvana in the devastation of a stroke.

  1. Jill Bolte Taylor on "My Stroke of Insight"

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    Harvard trained brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor found an unusual path to growth. She describes her stroke, the weird euphoria it caused and her long process of recovery in her book, "My Stroke of Insight."

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  2. Richard Davidson on Mapping the Contemplative Brain

    Richard Davidson is a neuro-psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a longtime friend of the Dalai Lama. He tells Steve Paulson about observing contemplatives with a brain scanner.

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  3. Round-up on the Secrets of Happiness

    We hear a round-up of some of the latest research into happiness, from economist Richard Layard, and psychologists Robert Biswas-Diener and Sonja Lyubomirsky.

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  4. Satish Kumar on Peace of Mind

    Satish Kumar, a former Jain monk and follower of Ghandi, tells Steve Paulson that the secret to a stress-free life is to take it at a walking pace.

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  5. Richard Schoch on "The Secrets of Happiness"

    The way we think about happiness today is a thin, watery version of a deep and complex subject.

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  6. Al Green on Grace, Love and Happiness

    A great in American soul music, the Reverend Al Green has spent his life testifying on stage and in the pulpit to the power of grace, love and happiness.

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