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Zen-Brain Horizons: Toward a Living Zen (The MIT Press) Hardcover – August 22, 2014
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This insightful book by neurologist and Zen practitioner James Austin is icing on the four-layered cake of his previous books on Zen and the brain. He provides a unique, informed, and readable account of the brain mechanisms generating egocentric and enlightened consciousness, cross-referenced with his earlier works.―Eberhard E. Fetz, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle
Zen-Brain Horizons is a wise and extraordinary book that brings science into focus through the medium of contemplative practice, and opens up new avenues to understanding how the mind works.―Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
In this, the fifth of Dr. James Austin's explorations of Zen and neuroscience, new research, well-established cerebral anatomy, and the classical stories of Chinese and Japanese Zen are brought together in creative insights regarding the transformative process of Zen practice. Of particular interest to readers who have been following Dr. Austin's unfolding understanding across his books will be the detailed speculations regarding different attentional systems of the brain and how their functioning may relate to sudden awakening experience triggered by sound or visual phenomena above the horizon. As with his previous volumes, this is a feast for the mind to be savored by scientists, meditation practitioners, and everyone fascinated by the interface between science, religion, and the humanities.―Alfred W. Kaszniak, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neurology, University of Arizona
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Not a quick read, or a quick fix for what ails you, but worth every minute you spend reading and re-reading and re-reading it. Should be required reading for every Neurology and Psychiatry Resident, as well as psychologists, even though it's written for the lay public. This guy is really good.