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Zen-Brain Reflections: Reviewing Recent Developments in Meditation and States of Consciousness

Zen Brain Reflections Reviewing Recent Developments in Meditation and States of Consciousness This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin s explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research In Zen Brain Reflections Austin a clini

  • Title: Zen-Brain Reflections: Reviewing Recent Developments in Meditation and States of Consciousness
  • Author: James H. Austin
  • ISBN: 9780262012232
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin s explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research In Zen Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, examines the evolving psychological processes and brain changes associated with the path of long range meditative training.This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin s explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research In Zen Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, examines the evolving psychological processes and brain changes associated with the path of long range meditative training Austin draws not only on the latest neuroscience research and new neuroimaging studies but also on Zen literature and his personal experience with alternate states of consciousness.Zen Brain Reflections takes up where the earlier book left off It addresses such questions as how do placebos and acupuncture change the brain Can neuroimaging studies localize the sites where our notions of self arise How can the latest brain imaging methods monitor meditators effectively How do long years of meditative training plus brief enlightened states produce pivotal transformations in the physiology of the brain In many chapters testable hypotheses suggest ways to correlate normal brain functions and meditative training with the phenomena of extraordinary states of consciousness.After briefly introducing the topic of Zen and describing recent research into meditation, Austin reviews the latest studies on the amygdala, frontotemporal interactions, and paralimbic extensions of the limbic system He then explores different states of consciousness, both the early superficial absorptions and the later, major peak experiences This discussion begins with the states called kensho and satori and includes a fresh analysis of their several different expressions of oneness He points beyond the still advanced states toward that rare ongoing stage of enlightenment that is manifest as sage wisdom Finally, with reference to a delayed moonlight phase of kensho, Austin envisions novel links between migraines and metaphors, moonlight and mysticism The Zen perspective on the self and consciousness is an ancient one Readers will discover how relevant Zen is to the neurosciences, and how each field can illuminate the other.

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    1. This books tries to explain the states of kenshō and satori from a neurophysiological and a first-person experiential perspective. It tries to demonstrate how a "separate, enduring, egocentric self" is a delusion and how the brain manages to acquire this through social and cultural conditioning, resulting in unfruitful inclinations such as "greed, hatred, and ignorance". A large portion of the book is on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. The author is a clinical neurologist and I suspect the la [...]

    2. An extremely detailed examination of neurological mechanisms, Zen, and how each might inform our understanding of the other. Although Austin's approach to describing the forest by enumerating each leaf on each tree is comprehensive, the jump from the specific to the general was too great for me in spite of my psychiatric training. (Granted, neuroanatomy always make my eyes cross, then close.)

    3. I love this book. It allowed me to reconnect myself with my meditation practice--and secretly wanted to become a neuroscientist.

    4. Found this book on meditation and brain research at Moon Books in Half Moon Bay! Fascinating stuff. . .

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