Neurodharma Online Program

An Online Series in the Practical Science
of a Steady Mind, a Kind Heart, and Inner Peace

Wake up to who you long to be.

Deep down, we already are who we long to be.
But it’s often covered over with fears and regrets, and daily distractions and stresses.
Dr. Rick Hanson

In this online series with Dr. Rick Hanson, you will experience and develop seven qualities at the heart of the highest happiness – and live from them more deeply and continuously.

You’ll learn from both ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience, engaging your brain and body as you explore the upper reaches of human potential.

You’ll get ideas and methods to be more presenthave compassion for yourself and othersrest in a calm and grateful confidence, feel whole, and know your interconnectedness with everything.

This is a path of coming home to an increasingly profound sense of inner freedom, sweet joy, radiant heart, and sublime peace.
Blending Science, Wisdom, and Practice
What is “Dharma”?

This ancient word means what is true — including the truth of suffering, its causes, and a path leading to its end.

What is “Neurodharma”?

This is grounding the truths of the mind in the truths of the body — and using what we’re learning about the brain to protect, nurture, and free the mind.

You’ll get:

Over 15 hours of powerful video teachings on the science and wisdom of Neurodharma

Over 6 hours of guided practices

8 weeks of guidance with weekly email encouragement

Downloadable handouts and audio files

Lifetime access and a 30-day full-refund guarantee

We’ll draw on recent research about the brain as well as the deep Buddhist analysis of the mind. But there’s nothing to memorize or believe. This is a series of experiential practices, whose true test is your own direct sense of their benefits for you.

The Transformational Practices of Neurodharma:

In this series, you’ll explore ways of being that are both hallmarks of the highest forms of human development and at the core of who you already are. Through these 7 powerful practices, you’ll feel increasingly centered in your fundamental goodness, enoughness, and wakefulness.

Steadying the Mind

Become more mindful and stable instead of scattered and distracted

Resting in Fullness

Be calm, contented, and confident – not chasing pleasure or fighting pain

Receiving Nowness

Appreciate this moment, continuously, while letting go of worries and regrets

Warming the Heart

Cultivate compassion and kindness, even as you deal with conflicts

Being Wholeness

Become less fragmented, embracing all of yourself without shame or denial

Opening into Allness

Experience your life as a local expression
of everything

Finding Timelessness

Explore stillness, spaciousness, and possibility – your true nature

In each one of these practices, we’ll consider what could be happening in your brain as you experience them in your mind — and how to use this knowledge to stabilize these ways of being in the living body.

What You’ll Receive

Grounded in science and practical methods, this series explores the highest possibilities of human development. Drawing on the insights of some of the wisest people who have ever lived, it follows a path that is good in the beginning, the middle, and the end— and full of curiosity, joy, and wonder. You can return to it again and again for inspiration, renewal, and guidance.

Over 10 Hours of Powerful Teachings

from Rick’s Neurodharma retreat about the mind and the brain, embodied practice, our true nature, and effective tools for daily life

Over 6 Hours of Guided Meditations

to open more into these ways of being while also hardwiring them into your nervous system — so you take them with you wherever you go

Over 5 Hours of Expanded Teachings

diving deeper into fascinating brain science, practical applications, and individual issues 

Downloadable Handouts and Audio Files

to access the teachings and meditations whenever you want

8 Weeks of Step-by-Step Guidance

including weekly encouragement emails to keep you inspired and motivated on your journey

Lifetime Access and a 30-Day Full-Refund Guarantee
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this for everyone?

The ideas and experiential practices in this series have been used in various forms by countless people throughout history to explore the upper reaches of human potential. They are powerful vehicles . . . . but because they are powerful they can stir things up, especially in people who have a history of complex PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality, dissociation, or psychotic process. If any of these apply to you, we suggest that you consider not doing Neurodharma, and if you have already purchased it, you can contact us to get a full refund.

Is this a self-paced series, or do I need to watch it at a specific time?

You can start right away, engaging it at your own pace, and you have Lifetime Access to everything in the series.

Are there scholarships available?

For those unable to pay for the Neurodharma online series – such as students, people on a small fixed income, disabled, unemployed or on public assistance, or many people in third world countries – there are scholarships available.

Do I need any special technology to participate?

All you need is an internet connection, and a computer, tablet, or phone with a browser.

Can I get Continuing Education Credits?

This series is no longer eligible for Continuing Education Credit.

If you purchased the CE package with the program prior to November 5, 2021, you can still receive the CE credit.

What if I need to cancel after I've registered?

No worries, just send us an email at and we’ll process your cancellation and refund within 24 business hours.

When does the 30-day money-back guarantee end?

The 30-day money-back guarantee is good for 30 days from the time that you purchase the series.

What is the duration and structure of the series?


Neurodharma is organized into 8 different “Steps” – Steadying the Mind, Warming the Heart, Resting in Fullness, Being Wholeness, Receiving Nowness, Opening into Allness, Finding Timelessness, and Integration.

Each of these steps has 2 “Parts”, and each part has a talk, guided meditation, and some additional short videos where Rick dives deeper into the science. Here’s a more visual outline of the structure of a single step:
   Part 1
– Talk (10-45 minutes)
– Guided Meditation (20-45 minutes)
– Deeper Dive Videos (4-10 videos, up to 45 minutes in length total)
   Part 2
– Talk (10-45 minutes)
– Guided Meditation (20-45 minutes)
– Deeper Dive Videos (4-10 videos, up to 45 minutes in length total)
Upon enrolling, you’ll receive an email once a week for 8 weeks that will focus on one step, and will include all of the links and information you need to access everything for that step.
Additionally, you have lifetime access! So while the series is structured to take 8 weeks, it’s okay to take it at your own pace, and repeat or revisit it as much as you like.
Can I see an outline/table of contents?
Step 1: Steadying the Mind
  • Part 1: Practicing with the Mind
  • Part 2: Benevolence toward Yourself
Step 2: Warming the Heart
  • Part 1: Practicing with a Warm Heart
  • Part 2: Our Social Brain
Step 3: Resting in Fullness
  • Part 1: Embodied Causes of Craving
  • Part 2: The Five Hindrances
Step 4: Being Wholeness
  • Part 1: Experiencing Wholeness
  • Part 2: Finding Refuge
Step 5: Receiving Nowness
  • Part 1: Being Here Now
  • Part 2: Accepting Impermanence
Step 6: Opening Into Allness
  • Part 1: The Person Process
  • Part 2: Allocentric Experiencing + An Expansive View
Step 7: Finding Timelessness
  • Part 1: The Unconditioned
  • Part 2: Nibbana and the Brain
Step 8: Integration
  • Part 1:  Letting Things Settle and Connect
  • Part 2: Making the Offering + Going Forth
How is Neurodharma different than the Foundations of Well-Being?

To put it simply, the Foundations of Well-Being program aims to address normal-range healing, resilience, and well-being, while the Neurodharma program aims at the upper range of human potential, with a strong emphasis on contemplative practice and insight.

Getting into the details, below are some of the main differences between the two programs.

The Contextual differences between Neurodharma and the Foundations of Well-Being 

The Neurodharma program aims to develop 7 essential ways of being found in the great sages and teachers throughout history. Remarkably, these same qualities can also be found deep inside ourselves, though usually covered over with stresses and distractions. These 7 ways of being are both the results of practice and methods of practice; in effect, as is said in Tibet, we can take the fruit as the path.

These 7 ways of being are: steadying the mind; warming the heart; resting in fullness; being wholeness; receiving nowness; opening into allness; and finding timelessness. Each of these can be experienced as simply a taste all the way to complete development. They all support each other, and in the Neurodharma program we explore them, step by step, as a path of awakening the best within us.

This path uses the deep Buddhist analysis of the mind as a roadmap, while drawing greatly from modern neuroscience and psychology along the way. Our emphasis is practical, experiential, and open-minded. No background in Buddhism or brain science is necessary. While we appreciate the contemplative traditions and science itself, there is nothing in this program about persuading you to either of these.

The Foundations of Well-Being program focuses on 12 inner strengths to help you cope with the challenges of life while being happier, calmer, and more confident. While we do refer to the program as a “Path”, it is much less linear than the Neurodharma program, and more like a “buffet” of sorts – where you can pick and choose the parts that speak most to you and your specific needs for safety, satisfaction, and connection. While Rick may occasionally refer to wisdom traditions, it is not a focus in this program.

The Structural differences between Neurodharma and the Foundations of Well-Being
Neurodharma contains about 20 hours of pre-recorded content, as well as 4 live calls (that will also be recorded.) All of the content features Rick Hanson, and includes talks, guided meditations and Q&A. If followed at a pace of 1 “step” per week, this program could be completed over 8 weeks, with each week taking about 2.5 hours.
The Foundations of Well-Being contains over 50 hours of pre-recorded core content, PLUS over 20 guest-expert interviews, over 15 hours of recorded Q&A sessions, 12 hours of Creative Activities from Laurel Hanson, and 48 self-assessment quizzes. If taken at a pace of 1 “theme” per week, this series would take almost a full year to complete, with each week taking about 1 hour.
Are the Guided Practices in real time or are they recorded?

The guided practices are recorded and can be downloaded to listen to wherever you go.

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