Ed,

You keep posting content such as this.  Do you think having a scientific
explanation of how zen meditation affects the body is helpful to zen
practitioners?

.Bill!

 

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Zen and the Brain


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Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness
is a book authored by James H. Austin. First published in 1998, the book's
aim is to establish links between the neurological workings of the human
brain and meditation. For example Austin presents evidence from EEG scans
that deep relaxed breathing reduces brain activity.

The publishers described their book as a "Comprehensive text on the evidence
from neuroscience that helps to clarify which brain mechanisms underlie the
subjective states of Zen, and employs Zen to 'illuminate' how the brain
works in various states of consciousness".

Austin is an MD and has also practiced Zen over many years. Later Austin
wrote a follow-up, Zen-Brain Reflections.


[edit] See also


*       Neurotheology
*       Rational mysticism


[edit] References


*       James H. Austin, Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of
Meditation and Consciousness. Reprint edition July 2, 1999. MIT Press. ISBN
0-262-51109-6
*       James H. Austin, Zen-Brain Reflections. First edition February 14,
2006. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-01223-5

 


[edit] External links


*        <http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/neuro/neuronewswk.htm> Your Brain
on Religion: Mystic visions or brain circuits at work? (Newsweek article on
Austin and neurotheology, May 2001)
*        <http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/AUSZP/austin/interview.html>
Interview with the author (James H. Austin, M.D. discusses Zen and the
Brain)
*        <http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/AUSZP/austin/excerpt.html> Excerpts
from the book

 





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