on 5 April 2016
James Austin clearly sets out the two aspects of meditation that are seen reflected in the many different styles found around the world. Whilst this is a book about zen in particular - the concepts he elucidates are relevant to any tradition, and provides the reader with practical details that will enrich your practice. He relies upon empirical evidence rather than an appeal to doctrinal authority, and conveys what could be a very dry subject in a way which is clear and concise.
This book is probably suited to all meditators, but would also be of interest to scientists who do not meditate but would like a comprehensive overview of the ways in which training focussed attention and receptive awareness transform our experience of life.