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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine work by Professor Austin, 1 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness (Hardcover)
This is a fine follow-up work to the equally excellent Zen and the Brain (winner of the 1998 Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize) and Zen-Brain Reflections: Reviewing Recent Developments in Meditation and States of Consciousness.

Speaking of this work Kenneth M. Heilman, James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, said:

"James Austin's wonderful book Selfless Insight provides an up-to-date review and synthesis of the brain physiology which permits humans to meditate and how meditation alters brain functions. Just as Hubel and Wiesel's Nobel Prize winning research revealed how the brain permits us to see and perceive incoming light, James Austin's newest book helps us understand how people who meditate see the light and wisdom within."

Joan Halifax, PhD, Abbot of the Upaya Zen Center, has said of this book:

"This remarkable book uses neuroscience to reveal the inner workings of the mind through the medium of meditation. Stunning facts derived from neuro research combined with the timeless wisdom of Zen open for the reader mental vistas that are fascinating and vast. Both scientist and non-scientist will be edified and inspired on reading this clear and beautiful book, a book that is a landmark in the rapidly developing field of contemplative neuroscience."

Austin, a Professor of neurology and an experienced Zen practitioner, has produced another excellent volume. Thank you Professor Austin for all three works.

Professor Austin has another work due out in November 2011, Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen, which I look forward to reading.

Highly recommended.
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