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Zen and the Brain

Toward an understanding of meditation and consciousness

MIT
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pp. XXIV-844, London (England)
data stampa: 1998
codice isbn: 978026251109

This book uses Zen Buddbism as the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand the brain mechanisms that produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, a neuroscientist and Zen practitioner, interweaves bis teachings of the brain with bis teachings/personal narrative of Zen. The science, which contains the latest relevant developments in brain research, is both inclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin covers such topics as similar states in other disciplines and religions, sleep and dreams, mental illness, consciousness-altering drugs, and the social consequences af advanced stages af enlightenment.

Indice:

Contents in Detail

Chapters Containing Testable Hypotheses


List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

By Way of Introduction

Part I Starting to Point toward Zen

Part II Meditating

Part III Neurologizing

Part IV Exploring States of Consciousness

Part V Quickening

Part VI Turning In: The Absorptions

Part VII Turning Out: The Awakenings

Part VIII Being and Beyond: To the Stage of Ongoing Enlightenment


In Closing


Appendixes


A - Introduction to The Heart Sutra

B - Selections from Affirmation of Faith in Mind


C - Suggested Further Reading

Glossary

References and Notes


Source Notes

Index

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