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eBook Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness (The MIT Press) ePub

by James H. Austin MD

  • ISBN: 0262516659
  • Category: Medicine
  • Subcategory: Medicine
  • Author: James H. Austin MD
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Pages: 372
  • ePub book: 1521 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Attention, self-consciousness, insight, wisdom, emotional maturity: how Zen teachings can illuminate the way our brains function and vice-versa.

Attention, self-consciousness, insight, wisdom, emotional maturity: how Zen teachings can illuminate the way our brains function and vice-versa.

Find all the books, read about the author, and more . Austin's Selfless Insight takes us on an insightful tour of a certain postmodern space where we meet the Heraclitean processes that we ar. -Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University and author of The Really Hard Problem.

Selfless Insight is the capstone to Austin's journey both as a creative neuroscientist and as a Zen practitioner. Скачать (pdf, . 5 Mb) Читать. Epub FB2 mobi txt RTF.

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Selfless Insight book. During the past three decades, he has been at the cutting edge of both Zen and neuroscience, constantly discovering new examples of how these two large fields each illuminate the other

Selfless Insight book. During the past three decades, he has been at the cutting edge of both Zen and neuroscience, constantly discovering new examples of how these two large fields each illuminate the other.

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Attention, self-consciousness, insight, wisdom, emotional maturity: how Zen teachings can illuminate the way our brains function and vice-versa.

When neurology researcher James Austin began Zen training, he found that his medical education was inadequate. During the past three decades, he has been at the cutting edge of both Zen and neuroscience, constantly discovering new examples of how these two large fields each illuminate the other. Now, in Selfless Insight, Austin arrives at a fresh synthesis, one that invokes the latest brain research to explain the basis for meditative states and clarifies what Zen awakening implies for our understanding of consciousness. Austin, author of the widely read Zen and the Brain, reminds us why Zen meditation is not only mindfully attentive but evolves to become increasingly selfless and intuitive. Meditators are gradually learning how to replace over-emotionality with calm, clear objective comprehension. In this new book, Austin discusses how meditation trains our attention, reprogramming it toward subtle forms of awareness that are more openly mindful. He explains how our maladaptive notions of self are rooted in interactive brain functions. And he describes how, after the extraordinary, deep states of kensho-satori strike off the roots of the self, a flash of transforming insight-wisdom leads toward ways of living more harmoniously and selflessly. Selfless Insight is the capstone to Austin's journey both as a creative neuroscientist and as a Zen practitioner. His quest has spanned an era of unprecedented progress in brain research and has helped define the exciting new field of contemplative neuroscience.

Comments

Meztisho Meztisho
Dr. Austin has, I believe, explained better than anyone the relationship between human cognition in the Zen Buddhist model and specific brain states in the psychoneurological model. Such an explanation must inherently be anything but lucid. While the terminology of Zen is fraught with technical and often allusive Japanese, Chinese and Sanskrit expressions, today's medical terminology is even less accessible in its density and detailed quantification of values. James H. Austin is uniquely qualified to offer this explanation. As an experienced practitioner of traditional Zen in the Rinzai "sudden enlightenment" school, experienced in and familiar with the core Zen experience of "kensho" - enlightened insight - he knows at once where to look and what to look for in his neurological research. However there are no quick or easy answers. Detecting patterns of activity among the human brain's billions of neurons and finding significant correlation with the subjective experiences of meditators is bound to be a slow and complex process, deserving of not just one or two but an ongoing series of books. Dr. Austin is further along this path than anyone has ever gone before and his successes continue, thanks to his rigorous use of scientific method. That doesn't make him easy to read, but fortunately his occasional summations do provide brilliant insights, worth reading for their sake alone.
Samardenob Samardenob
Lots of infomation. I really enjoy the combination of the 3rd person objective/scientific data with the 1st person/subjective experience. Very good book, as are Dr Austin's others in this series, for anyone wanting a reference on meditation and brain science.
Akir Akir
I bought this book along with "The Ego Tunnel" to get an understanding of the latest research into the brain location for the self, ego, and consciousness after reading the classic text by Daniel Dennett, "Consciousness Explained." Austin covers the movement of sensory input through the brain and the way the input is interpreted by the interconnected processing 'centers' of the brain. I have enjoyed his views of the research studies and proposed areas for further research. I would have given this book a five-star review except I am not a Zen practitioner so his coverage of Zen practices, meditation and the like, did not hold my interest although I will use some of the meditation techniques mentioned in the book for disconnecting myself from the ADD/fast-paced Internet world that pervades modern society.
Cezel Cezel
As both a buddhist and a neuroscientist, I keep Dr. Austin's books on hand for reference as well as pleasure. His most recent offering is a very well-organized compendium of the most salient discoveries in attention, awareness and consciousness. The only factors keeping me from giving this edition five stars instead of four are: I would have liked to have read more about the author's personal practice and experiences. Also, I do use these books as a desk reference - if you are looking for an overview or introduction to brain function, this is probably not what you want.