Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness

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Paperback, MIT Press, 1999, ISBN # 0262511096

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Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize for1998

Aldous Huxley called humankind's basic trend toward spiritual growth the"perennial philosophy". In the view of James Austin, the trend implies a "perennialpsychophysiology" -- because awakening, or enlightenment, occurs only when the human brain undergoessubstantial changes. What are the peak experiences of enlightenment? How could these statesprofoundly 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 anextraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness.

In order to understand which brainmechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, andchemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the mostrecent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The science is bothinclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin examinessuch 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 ongoingenlightenment.


Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: Jun 04, 1999
ISBN-13: 9780262511094
ISBN-10: 0262511096
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 872
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.39
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.0 x 7.0 x 1.6

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