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Zen and the brain : toward an understanding of meditation and consciousness

Author: James H Austin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1998.
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In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand which brain mechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the most recent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James H Austin
ISBN: 0262011646 9780262011648
OCLC Number: 37187487
Description: xxiv, 844 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: By way of introduction --
pt. I. Starting to point toward Zen --
pt. II. Meditating --
pt. III. Neurologizing --
pt. IV. Exploring states of consciousness --
pt. V. Quickening --
pt. VI. Turning in : the absorptions --
pt. VII. Turning out : the awakenings --
pt. VIII. Being and beyond : to the stage of ongoing enlightenment --
In closing --
Appendixes --
A. Introduction to The Heart Sutra --
B. Selections from Affirmation of Faith in Mind --
C. Suggested further reading --
Glossary.
Responsibility: James H. Austin.

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In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand which brain mechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the most recent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The science is both inclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin examines such topics as similar states in other disciplines and religions, sleep and dreams, mental illness, consciousness-altering drugs, and the social consequences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenment.

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