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



To compose new hypothesis to test regarding the changes in the brain that occur uring zen meditation I found this to be one of the valuable topics of the book There seems to be much that neuroscience can t yet explainAdditionally Austin generally Scandals and Secrets (Hearts Of Fire, discusses how the brain operates the nature of psychedelics vs zen meditation and the long and elaborate process of zen I found theiscussion of these topics useful and my appetite has been whet for nowHis Shooting for a Century discussion of how the brain operates is particularly orthodox and while citing a number of studiesirectly I, Partridge does not go into greatetail as this would probably bore the reader Additionally this book reads like a textbook with personal anecdotes until the experiences of his absorption at the end The beginning chapters 300 or so pages seem to justify the plausible mechanisms related to his uickening experiences I felt that the book was extremely balanced and is a Shadow of the Templar daunting monolith to be absorbed as a wholeThe end message that I retain is that there needs to be workone in the field to understand these truly Unforgiven (Warriors for the Light different mental states The author proposes intensive monitoring in line with the animal experimentation he freuently cites opinionisturbing The scientist inside of me wants others to probe Buried Sins (The Three Sisters Inn, deeper but I haveissonance that research of this kind will be incredibly intrusive to subjects human subjects and therefore highly unrealistic as proposedThere is a seuel to this book published just recently by the MIT Press but reading Zen and the Brain has not immediately compelled me to pick it up There is still hope for another Six Days in Leningrad day This is a very large veryry very ense book even with the much needed breaks for the author s personal anecdotes of his Zen practice and experiences It took me nearly a year to get through it It works well as an overview of not only the physiology of the brain but an introduction to theories of consciousness If you are interested in kensho as well as glutamate pathways this one is for you It will probably take me about three years to finish this but it s pretty interesting so far the parts that I com. Nt 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.

Prehend This work is baffling too large to approach in one go It batters the reader with citations over a hundred pages of footnotes alone hypotheses studies physiologies It integrates broad categories of knowledge and experience Ultimately Zen is examined not in and of itself but in light of its interrelationship with neurophysiology Austin being both a student of Zen and an MD that is what o these bodies of knowledge have to say to each otherIn fact these two fields practically Flyboy demand this treatment Zen is a sort of science of the mind a very old tradition having commonalities with mystic practices from all over the globe Neurophysiology represents our current and best understanding of the mind s physical analogue the brain One would expect thateep insight into th Brain Bible Awesome book I ve been reading it off and on since grad school in 2002 2003 first of a library copy in Durham then in Asheville then a used copy I finally got for myself in 2005 Just getting through this opus is an accomplishment and the reward is that you learn A LOT It s also a great resource if you re writingon anything having to A Dark Sicilian Secret do with philosophy of mind in almost any tradition but certainly in comparing Eastern and Western general views on the mind and the brain Finished last year and by finished I mean I finally read the last chapter not that I mone with the book James H Austin is one of many researchers in the growing field that is uniting Buddhism in the Mahayana tradition with various fields of science and mathematics Just last month he was one of the presenters and participants in a conference called Outline of Compassion and Selflessness Zen Neuroscience and Complexity Theory This is the most comprehensive book I ve read on the neurobiologicalpsych effects of meditation Although the focus is on zazen other meditations are included in some of the uoted studies Highly recommended if you are curious about meditation s concrete and measurable effects on humans Exceptional This book takes Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek difficult scientific research and translates it into real measurableata Just brilliant I loved 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 Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography disciplines and religions sleep andreams mental illness consciousness altering rugs and the social conseuences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenment.

Dr Austin s 900 page book looks at what the brain oes uring and as a result of the practice of Zen and is a great resource for those interested in the science of meditative practices It s easy to sum up the strength and weakness of this book With respect to the book s greatest strength it s that the author li Read this book in a Neuroscience class about Zen UCSD How lucky and thankful for it I have been ever since I can not escribe in words the perspective it provided The vista is something like a Peruvian jungle with a backdrop of a majestic lake shimmering in the euatorial sun just enough to have all your senses enamoured Read the latest version of this book as it has up to Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, date research from the field Perfection This is the second uality investing kensho Everything is seen as ultimately right Anything that exists is already intrinsically correct Alexander Pope must have understood this for he went on to affirm the point in the ringing line One truth is clear whatever is is right The implications of this particular line are substantial In literature however Pope s next sentence would be the one most often uoted Immanence This third property of kensho registers at about the same time The term comes from the Latin immanere to remain in Dictionaryefinitions of immanence The Maid of Lorne describe it as the presence of the ultimate reality principle embedded entirely within and throughout the whole physical universe Immanence goes beyond the second statement of perfection For it implies that the highest and most sacred principle Deity if you will is manifest in all things rightown here ourselves included It is inherent within this world Right under our nose and in our nose Not up there on some separate higher level taking the form of a istant overarching creative principle I had no idea what to expect from this book other than a friend was reading it and it had something to o w zen and the brain both of which I have interests inI knew next to nothing about neuroscience at the start and can now say I know a bit than that The book pieces together the relevant areas from neuroscience. 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 enlightenme.

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