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

Author: James H Austin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1999, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd MIT pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James H Austin
ISBN: 0262011646 9780262011648 0262511096 9780262511094
OCLC Number: 43207667
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize for 1998 1998
Description: xxiv, 844 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Part 1: Starting to point toward Zen --
Part 2: Meditating --
Part 3: Neurologizing --
Part 4: Exploring states of consciousness --
Part 5: Quickening --
Part 6: Turning in: the absorptions --
Part 7: Turning out: the awakenings --
Part 8: Being and beyond: to the stage of ongoing enlightenment.
Responsibility: James H. Austin.

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A neuroscientist and Zen practitioner interweaves the latest research on the brain with his personal narrative of Zen.  Read more...

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