Ed,

Mayka ‘hit the nail on the head’ with her post below.  Eat your heart out!

…Bill!

 

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Maria Lopez
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ED:

 

Times have changed.  Before people were converted into monoteists religions by 
brain washing and now are converted into scientific brain washing.  Oh well.  
Good to know what is next nonsense approaching to Europe. 

 

Mayka

--- On Wed, 20/10/10, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:


From: ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Zen] Zen-Brain Reflections
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, 20 October, 2010, 8:10

  

 

Zen-Brain Reflections

James H. Austin

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This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin's 
explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain 
research. 

In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen 
practitioner, examines the evolving psychological processes and brain changes 
associated with the path of long-range meditative training. Austin draws not 
only on the latest neuroscience research and new neuroimaging studies but also 
on Zen literature and his personal experience with alternate states of 
consciousness. 

Zen-Brain Reflections takes up where the earlier book left off. It addresses 
such questions as: how do placebos and acupuncture change the brain? Can 
neuroimaging studies localize the sites where our notions of self arise? How 
can the latest brain imaging methods monitor meditators more effectively? 

How do long years of meditative training plus brief enlightened states produce 
pivotal transformations in the physiology of the brain? In many chapters 
testable hypotheses suggest ways to correlate normal brain functions and 
meditative training with the phenomena of extraordinary states of 
consciousness. 

After briefly introducing the topic of Zen and describing recent research into 
meditation, Austin reviews the latest studies on the amygdala, frontotemporal 
interactions, and paralimbic extensions of the limbic system. He then explores 
different states of consciousness, both the early superficial absorptions and 
the later, major "peak experiences." 

This discussion begins with the states called kensho and satori and includes a 
fresh analysis of their several different expressions of "oneness." He points 
beyond the still more advanced states toward that rare ongoing stage of 
enlightenment that is manifest as "sage wisdom."

Finally, with reference to a delayed "moonlight" phase of kensho, Austin 
envisions novel links between migraines and metaphors, moonlight and mysticism. 

The Zen perspective on the self and consciousness is an ancient one. Readers 
will discover how relevant Zen is to the neurosciences, and how each field can 
illuminate the other.

About the Author

James H. Austin, clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, is 
Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences 
Center and Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Missouri 
(Columbia) School of Medicine. He is the author of Zen and the Brain, Chase, 
Chance, and Creativity, and Zen-Brain Reflections, all published by the MIT 
Press.



Endorsements


"A monumental melding of wisdom from Zen and other contemplative traditions 
with modern neuroscience. This extraordinary synthesis will serve as an 
important resource for many years to come. A must-read for any serious student 
of the emerging discipline of contemplative neuroscience."
—Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology 
and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

"In Zen and the Brain, James Austin quoted Einstein's dictum that 'Science 
without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.' 
Neurophysiological studies help us understand the biological bases of behavior, 
but attempting to understand experience is a heroic pursuit. In this sequel, 
Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin continues his quest of allowing us to better 
grasp how Zen practices influence and alter brain functions. His quest is not 
complete, but in this new book he reviews and synthesizes the substantial 
progress that has been made in understanding the biological basis of Zen 
experience, providing the reader with further enlightenment."
—Kenneth M. Heilman, James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology, 
University of Florida College of Medicine 

"Following his monumental masterpiece Zen and the Brain, James Austin here 
presents further reflections on the koan 'How do neural mechanisms create 
enlightened consciousness?' This superb sequel not only reviews the most recent 
relevant neuroscience research but also stands alone as a readable survey of 
mind-brain relationships underlying the spectrum of mental states. Austin's 
unique expertise as a neurologist and Zen practitioner, as well as an 
articulate writer, makes him the perfect guide to elucidate the profound 
interrelationships between consciousness, the brain, and the world."
—Eberhard E. Fetz, Professor of Physiology & Biophysics, University of 
Washington 

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Endorsements


"A monumental melding of wisdom from Zen and other contemplative traditions 
with modern neuroscience. This extraordinary synthesis will serve as an 
important resource for many years to come. A must-read for any serious student 
of the emerging discipline of contemplative neuroscience."
—Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology 
and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

"In Zen and the Brain, James Austin quoted Einstein's dictum that 'Science 
without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.' 
Neurophysiological studies help us understand the biological bases of behavior, 
but attempting to understand experience is a heroic pursuit. In this sequel, 
Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin continues his quest of allowing us to better 
grasp how Zen practices influence and alter brain functions. His quest is not 
complete, but in this new book he reviews and synthesizes the substantial 
progress that has been made in understanding the biological basis of Zen 
experience, providing the reader with further enlightenment."
—Kenneth M. Heilman, James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology, 
University of Florida College of Medicine 

"Following his monumental masterpiece Zen and the Brain, James Austin here 
presents further reflections on the koan 'How do neural mechanisms create 
enlightened consciousness?' This superb sequel not only reviews the most recent 
relevant neuroscience research but also stands alone as a readable survey of 
mind-brain relationships underlying the spectrum of mental states. Austin's 
unique expertise as a neurologist and Zen practitioner, as well as an 
articulate writer, makes him the perfect guide to elucidate the profound 
interrelationships between consciousness, the brain, and the world."
—Eberhard E. Fetz, Professor of Physiology & Biophysics, University of 
Washington










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