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Zen-Brain Horizons

Toward a Living Zen

This freight train has been rounding the bend for, oh, several thousand years or so. Finally, neuroscience is building an indisputable body of data on the benefits of meditation, and those of you who always seek a doctor’s permission might find yourself cross-legged on a cushion sometime soon, or simply staring at the horizon, because each has a profound effect on the brain.

Dr. James Austin, the author of five previous books on Zen and neuroscience, writes with the playful enthusiasm earned from three decades of Zen study. He’s as comfortable with the koans and cadence of classical Buddhist literature as he is with cerebral anatomy.

With numerous case studies, research, and compelling stories, Austin isolates those moments when certain identifiable parts of the brain somehow shift in powerful ways. He offers a glimpse of the brain during involuntary movements and functions; specifically, those that trigger attentional systems of the brain and lead to moments of clear awareness.

Zen-Brain Horizons advances our understanding of creativity and happiness. What more can we ask of the good doctor?

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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