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Author Austin, James H., 1925-
Title Meditating selflessly : practical neural Zen / James H. Austin.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2011]

Author Austin, James H., 1925-
Subject Meditation -- Zen Buddhism -- Miscellanea.
Zen Buddhism -- Psychology -- Miscellanea.
Self-consciousness (Awareness) -- Religious aspects -- Miscellanea.
Meditation -- methods.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Trivia and miscellanea.
Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 251 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. 1. An introduction to selfless meditation -- pt. 2. Meditating selflessly outdoors -- pt. 3. Meditating selflessly indoors -- pt. 4. Attending meditative retreats -- pt. 5. Daily life practice.
Summary This is not the usual kind of self-help book. Indeed, its major premise heeds a Zen master's advice to be less self-centered. Yes, it is "one more book of words about Zen," as the author concedes, yet this book explains meditative practices from the perspective of a " neural Zen." The latest findings in brain research inform its suggestions. In Meditating Selflessly , James Austin -- Zen practitioner, neurologist and author of three acclaimed books on Zen and neuroscience -- guides readers toward that open awareness already awaiting them on the cushion and in the natural world.<br /><br />Austin offers concrete advice -- often in a simplified question-and-answer format -- about different ways to meditate. He clarifies both the concentrative and receptive styles of meditation. Drawing widely from the exciting new field of contemplative neuroscience, Austin helps resolve an ancient paradox: why both insight wisdom and selflessness arise simultaneously during enlightened states of consciousness.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780262300155 (electronic bk.)
026230015X (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613302946
OCLC # 767579295
Additional Format Print version: Austin, James H., 1925- Meditating selflessly. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2011 9780262015875 (DLC) 2010049673 (OCoLC)694616222