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Download Zen and the Brain Mobi î Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness  Eyltransferservices È ❦ [KINDLE] ❁ Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness By James H. Austin MD ➡ – EylNd 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 conseuences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenmen This is a most remarkable work of interest both to the practicing Buddhist and to those with an interest in the workings of the brain by an author who is highly experienced in both areasThe publishers briefly describe the work as a Comprehensive text on the evidence from neuroscience that helps to clarify which brain mechanisms underlie the subjective states of Zen and employs Zen to 'illuminate' how the brain works in various states of consciousnessZen Unbound have said of this book This new book is surely THE most important zen book of the decadeThe Journal of the American Medical Association the most widely circulated medical journal in the world said of this work Zen and the Brain is well worth reading by those interested in cognitive brain function especially the mechanics of consciousness However it is far from a dry scientific text and would be enjoyable to someone interested in the philosophical implicationsZen and the brain also won the 1998 Scientific and Medical Network Book PrizeThe work is written in a most engaging style and is divided into 158 chapters which makes it very easy to read for such a large work The work also includes a number of interesting appendices a very useful glossary and a section containing copious references and notesThere are also a number of subseuentfollow up works Zen Brain Reflections and Selfless Insight both of which are also excellent and Meditating Selflessly which is due to be published in November 2011

James H. Austin MD ☆ Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness Mobi

A neuroscientist and Zen practitioner interweaves the latest research on the brain with his personal narrative of ZenAldous Huxley called humankind's basic trend toward spiritual growth the perennial philosophy In the view of James Austin the trend implies a perennial psychophysiology―because awakening or enlightenment occurs only when the human brain undergoes substantial changes What are the peak experiences of enlightenm I very much wanted to like this book as a Zennist friend of mine highly recommended it Well now I know why ZEN AND THE BRAIN written by an American MD who traveled to Japan tries to align the physical with the ineffable While he does manage to bring out many studies about some parts of the brain including one with real versus imagined bananas in which the real ones somehow aren't noticed the general theme seems to be Zen is a good way and here is the proof Unfortunately for me anyway I wasn't convinced I think the reason why is because of the book's selection bias; that is it starts with a supposition Zen is good and then goes about showing why For folks concerned only with reason this book won't work though there are many neat sentences and thoughts that will enlighten you But if you are a Zen practitioner or are interested in learning about the subject and why Zen is useful and good then this uite thick book is probably your cup of tea I'd recommend it lc

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Zen and the Brain Toward an Understanding of Meditation and ConsciousnessEnt? How could these states profoundly enhance and yet simplify the workings of the brain? Zen and the Brain presents the latest evidence 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 a This is truly seminal and I am betting uniue as well in its treatment and depth of treatment of the subject matter It is a serious and scholarly work on the matter of human biochemical science as it relates to religious experiences meditation and altered consciousness states as well as an exploration thereof I am certain it will serve as an inspiration and launchpoint for further work on the matters it discusses It is not to be picked up lightly and the reader must be prepared to stay focused on the subject matter to get the most out of it I am not yet finished with it and thus far my only disappointment is the author's use of data procured via animal experimentation some of which he himself did