RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 45728014 LA English UL http://site.ebrary.com/id/2001011 T1 Zen and the brain toward an understanding of meditation and consciousness A1 Austin, James H.,, PB MIT Press PP Cambridge, Mass. YR 1998 SN 0585302030 9780585302034 AB 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.