Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness (BOK)

James H. Austin

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Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize for 1998 Aldous 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 enlightenment? 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 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.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 1999 Forfatter James H. Austin
University Press Group Ltd
ISBN 9780262511094
Antall sider 872 Dimensjoner 17,8cm x 25,4cm x 4cm
Vekt 1475 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Cognition & cognitive psychology, Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice, Neurosciences, Zen Buddhism, States of consciousness