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Zen and the Brain free pdf 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 evidence. In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an 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 brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. 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.

About James H. Austin

James H. Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner for more than three decades, is Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Courtesy Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the author of Zen and the Brain- Chase, Chance, and Creativity- Zen-Brain Reflections- Selfless Insight- and Meditating Selflessly, all published by the MIT Press.

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Author : James H. Austin
Publisher : MIT Press
Data Published : 30 July 1999
ISBN : 0262511096
EAN : 9780262511094
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 872 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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