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on 1 February 2010
This is a most remarkable work, of interest both to the practicing Buddhist and to those with an interest in the workings of the brain, by an author who is highly experienced in both areas.

The publishers briefly describe the work 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".

Zen Unbound have said of this book "This new book is surely THE most important zen book of the decade..".

The Journal of the American Medical Association (the most widely circulated medical journal in the world) said of this work "Zen and the Brain is well worth reading by those interested in cognitive brain function, especially the mechanics of consciousness. However, it is far from a dry scientific text and would be enjoyable to someone more interested in the philosophical implications"

Zen and the brain also won the 1998 Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize.

The work is written in a most engaging style and is divided into 158 chapters, which makes it very easy to read for such a large work. The work also includes a number of interesting appendices, a very useful glossary and a section containing copious references and notes.

There are also a number of subsequent/follow-up works Zen-Brain Reflections and Selfless Insight, both of which are also excellent and Meditating Selflessly which is due to be published in November 2011.
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