Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness
MIT Press, 1999-06-04 - 868 psl.
A neuroscientist and Zen practitioner interweaves the latest research on the brain with his personal narrative of Zen.
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewVartotojo apžvalga - kerowackie - LibraryThing
A thick (872 pages) compilation of scholarly scientific articles certainly presenting reasons why one should, if one would, "just sit." I keep on doing it. Yoga means union, zen means meditation. Just sit. The benefits are there, have always been there, just sit. How complicated is that? Skaityti visą apžvalgą
LibraryThing ReviewVartotojo apžvalga - bobshackleton - LibraryThing
A very difficult read, but well worth the effort, if you want to understand how scientists are gradually moving toward a full understanding of the neurological bases of meditative states. Skaityti visą apžvalgą
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Zen and the Brain Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness
James H. Austin
Peržiūra negalima - 1999