Zen and the Art of Consciousness

When are you? What were you conscious of a moment ago? This groundbreaking book sees acclaimed psychologist Susan Blackmore combining the latest scientific theories about mind, self, and consciousness with a lifetime’s practice of Zen.

Zen and the Art of Consciousness

Who are you? When are you? What were you conscious of a moment ago? This groundbreaking book sees acclaimed psychologist Susan Blackmore combining the latest scientific theories about mind, self, and consciousness with a lifetime’s practice of Zen. Framed by ten critical questions derived from Zen teachings and designed to expand your understanding and experience of consciousness, Ten Zen Questions doesn’t offer final - or easy - answers, but instead provides an inspiring exploration of how intellectual enquiry and meditation can tackle some of today’s greatest scientific mysteries. Dr Susan Blackmore is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in Bristol, UK.

Zen

Therefore, the reason we create our own reality by turning attention toward expansive or contractive energy is because we are energy!In the following book, I hope to demonstrate that we can choose to live in harmony with nature by ...

Zen

Science tells us that energy is matter and matter is energy. Furthermore, we are told that matter itself is made up of 99.99999 percent space, with the remaining amount of "actual" matter contained in the nucleus of each atom. However, science now tells us that even the nucleus is nothing more than tiny particles, moving so rapidly they only appear to be solid. In other words, we are nothing more than vibrating energy. Therefore, the reason we create our own reality by turning attention toward expansive or contractive energy is because we are energy! In the following book, I hope to demonstrate that we can choose to live in harmony with nature by cultivating a quiet, "Zen" mind, which is to be found in the present moment of now. Furthermore, I intend to show that modern science is telling us that now is all there is, and what we typically conceive of as "time" is an abstraction of the mind only, which is the same thing Buddhist literature has been telling us for thousands of years. In addition, when we look beyond the limiting nature of the ego, both in society and the self, we come to realize that all of the major religions, philosophies, stories, myths, and legends have been saying the same thing all along. When we look beyond morality we can see that these ideologies are providing us with a road map to transcend the ego, raise our level of consciousness, and experience the authentic life our true self was meant to live.

Zen and the Brain

Zen and the Brain presents the latest evidence. In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness.

Zen and the Brain

A neuroscientist and Zen practitioner interweaves the latest research on the brain with his personal narrative of Zen. Aldous Huxley called humankind's basic trend toward spiritual growth the "perennial philosophy." In the view of James Austin, the trend implies a "perennial psychophysiology"—because awakening, or enlightenment, occurs only when the human brain undergoes substantial changes. What are the peak experiences of enlightenment? How could these states profoundly enhance, and yet simplify, the workings of the brain? Zen and the Brain presents the latest evidence. In this book Zen Buddhism becomes the opening wedge for an extraordinarily wide-ranging exploration of consciousness. In order to understand which brain mechanisms produce Zen states, one needs some understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain. Austin, both a neurologist and a Zen practitioner, interweaves the most recent brain research with the personal narrative of his Zen experiences. The science is both inclusive and rigorous; the Zen sections are clear and evocative. Along the way, Austin examines such topics as similar states in other disciplines and religions, sleep and dreams, mental illness, consciousness-altering drugs, and the social consequences of the advanced stage of ongoing enlightenment.

Zen and the Art of Wholeness

By using a unique synthesis of Eastern and Western spiritual and psychological wisdom that addresses contemporary issues, Zen and the Art of Wholeness leads you towards discovering and fully experiencing the whole life you were born to have ...

Zen and the Art of Wholeness

As a spiritual seeker, you are on a quest for truth. This journey to find your truth has many names: becoming whole, self-actualized, enlightened, individuated, or authentic. All roads lead to the same destination: your essence, being, true nature, or original face. Here you will find your source of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. In our Western culture, our need for wholeness expresses itself through its greatest obstacle - the tension between survival and meaning. Resolving this tension is a large part of finding happiness and fulfillment in life. We need to achieve a harmonious balance between the objective goal-oriented world and the subjective intuitive world - a union between the mind and the heart. Much like the Zen tradition of pointing the way, author Charles McCauley points the way for you to navigate your unique quest for wholeness. He guides you on a spiritual and psychological journey that is, above all, a personal experience. By using a unique synthesis of Eastern and Western spiritual and psychological wisdom that addresses contemporary issues, Zen and the Art of Wholeness leads you towards discovering and fully experiencing the whole life you were born to have.

Consciousness

This edition of Consciousness, revised by author team Susan Blackmore and Emily Troscianko, explores the key theories and evidence in consciousness studies ranging from neuroscience and psychology to quantum theories and philosophy.

Consciousness

Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself an illusion? Am I conscious now? Now considered the 'last great mystery of science', consciousness was once viewed with extreme scepticism and rejected by mainstream scientists. It is now a significant area of research, albeit a contentious one, as well as a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. This edition of Consciousness, revised by author team Susan Blackmore and Emily Troscianko, explores the key theories and evidence in consciousness studies ranging from neuroscience and psychology to quantum theories and philosophy. It examines why the term ‘consciousness’ has no recognised definition and provides an opportunity to delve into personal intuitions about the self, mind, and consciousness. Featuring comprehensive coverage of all core topics in the field, this edition includes: Why the problem of consciousness is so hard Neuroscience and the neural correlates of consciousness Why we might be mistaken about our own minds The apparent difference between conscious and unconscious Theories of attention, free will, and self and other The evolution of consciousness in animals and machines Altered states from meditation to drugs and dreaming Complete with key concept boxes, profiles of well-known thinkers, and questions and activities suitable for both independent study and group work, Consciousness provides a complete introduction to this fascinating field. Additional resources are available on the accompanying companion website: www.routledge.com/cw/blackmore

The Pillars of Consciousness

"This lavishly illustrated volume explores the four major streams of Eastern wisdom as seen through the eyes of perhaps the twentieth century's most famous mystic, whose books have sold millions around the world.

The Pillars of Consciousness

The mysteries of the East have long fascinated Westerners, and this unparalleled exploration of the four pillars of Eastern wisdom comes from one of the most influential and well-known spiritual leaders of our time. Osho is renowned not only for his wisdom but for his skill as a guide to a deeper understanding of complex philosophical concepts. Using humor and the art of storytelling, he paves the way for readers to -- as Buddha said -- "be a light unto yourself."This lavishly illustrated volume explores the four major streams of Eastern wisdom as seen through the eyes of perhaps the twentieth century's most famous mystic, whose books have sold millions around the world. From the disciplined awareness of Buddha and Zen, to the relaxed acceptance of Tao and Tantra, each "way" has something to offer a student with an open mind and a taste for the challenge of breaking old patterns and exploring new possibilities in life.

Zen and the Art of Postmodern Philosophy

Since consciousness of objects involves consciousness of self and self-
consciousness is the form of all consciousness, the ... The Kantian self of pure
apperception is not located in time or space: "I am conscious of myself, not as I
appear to ...

Zen and the Art of Postmodern Philosophy

Carl Olson is Professor of Religious Studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. His previous books include The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison: A Cross-Cultural Encounter and The Theology and Philosophy of Eliade: A Search for the Centre.

Consciousness a Very Short Introduction

Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.

Consciousness  a Very Short Introduction

Consciousness, "the last great mystery for science," remains a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? Exciting new developments in brain science are continuing the debates on these issues, and the field has now expanded to include biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers. This controversial book clarifies the potentially confusing arguments, and the major theories, whilst also outlining the amazing pace of discoveries in neuroscience. Covering areas such as the construction of self in the brain, mechanisms of attention, the neural correlates of consciousness, and the physiology of altered states of consciousness, Susan Blackmore highlights our latest findings. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Zen The Art Of Enlightenment

That is the universal Mind , the cosmic Mind , the Mind of the whole - - the whole
itself , the consciousness that pervades existence . It is a conscious existence . It
is alive , alive to the very core . Everything is alive . You may know it , you may ...

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Zen and the Art of Subration

Zen and the Art of Subration is a three-part masterwork arising from the author’s thirty-five-year journey to overcome cultural conditioning and achieve the ultimate transformation: living on light and oxygen.

Zen and the Art of Subration

Zen and the Art of Subration is a three-part masterwork arising from the author’s thirty-five-year journey to overcome cultural conditioning and achieve the ultimate transformation: living on light and oxygen. Ashoka Annamaya Ishaya shares an intimate look into how she discovered tantric and Taoist practices for cultivating immortality and integrated them into her life. She follows up this first-person account with a teaching guide distilling knowledge and practices aimed at readers on their own transformative path toward achieving your immortal jing cycle. Ishaya believes that if a critical mass of humans commit to the process of sustainable immortality, we can affect the evolution of our entire species. Ishaya pursues an illuminating range of questions: • Are we as a species destined to be enlightened? • Can we apply mindfulness skills to evolve our physiology? • How can our health-care system better support the maturation of our species? • Can we become an immortal species? The treatise concludes with a scholarly overview of noted prophets from varied traditions and times who have taught and fostered transformation of consciousness and sustainability of culture.

Throwing the Elephant

Breathe deep. This is the last business book you will ever need. For in these pages, Stanley Bing solves the ultimate problem of your working life: How to manage the boss. The technique is simple . . . as simple as throwing an elephant.

Throwing the Elephant

Stanley Bing follows his enormously successful What Would Machiavelli Do? with another subversively humorous exploration of how work would be different—if the Buddha were your personal consultant. What would the Buddha do—if he had to deal with a rampaging elephant of a boss every day? That is the premise of Stanley Bing’s wickedly funny guide to finding inner peace in the face of relentlessly obnoxious, huge, and sometimes smelly bosses. Taking the concept of managing up to a new cosmic plateau, Bing urges no less than a revolution of the spirit in the American workplace, turning overwrought, oppressed, stressed-out employees into models of Zen-like powers of concentration, able to take their elephant-like bosses and grey, lumbering companies and twirl them around the little finger of their consciousness. In Bing’s unique tradition of social criticism cum business self-help, Throwing the Elephant presents Four Truths (or possibly Five), a Ninefold Path, and one useful, hilarious guide to workplace sanity, success, and enlightenment that surpasses all understanding, survival.

Zen and the Art of Poker

The Differences Between Zen and Poker There are some major differences
between the Zen and poker lifestyles. It is probably unrealistic to think that poker
... the mind—and empirical consciousness. Poker requires a certain amount of ...

Zen and the Art of Poker

Inside the intriguing world of poker lies a fascinating exercise in strategy and extreme concentration--many of the same principles that underpin the one-thousand-year-old philosophy of Zen spirituality. Zen and the Art of Poker is the first book to apply Zen theories to America's most popular card game, presenting tips that readers can use to enhance their game. Among the more than one hundred rules that comprise this book, readers will learn to:* Make peace with folding* Use inaction as a weapon* Make patience a central pillar of their strategy* Pick their times of confrontationUsing a concise and spare style, in the tradition of Zen practices and rituals, Zen and the Art of Poker traces a parallel track connecting the two disciplines by giving comments and inspirational examples from the ancient Zen masters to the poker masters of today.

Minding the Earth Mending the World

In this book, a dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi uses this spiritual opportunity to change the very nature of our crisis—offering a profound message presented with clarity and assurance, and showing that engaged Buddhism provides a ...

Minding the Earth  Mending the World

How Buddhism can help solve our environmental challenges: “Though her book is dense with facts, it reads like poetry or a series of koans.” —The Shambhala Sun We know that our earth is in crisis, but is the situation beyond repair? Are we on a path of planetary disaster where the only proper response is to prepare for our melancholic dystopian future? Is there a way out of our suspicious cynicism? In this book, a dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi uses this spiritual opportunity to change the very nature of our crisis—offering a profound message presented with clarity and assurance, and showing that engaged Buddhism provides a possible path to the necessary repair and healing.

Zen in Japanese Art

Zen in Japanese Art


Zen Stories

The main purpose of Zen is to take people back to that long-forgotten state of mind where the present moment becomes the primary one again, and everything else secondary, if of any importance at all.

Zen Stories


A Celebration of Art Consciousness

The circle of Hermes is Love . -K.B. References 1 . Williams , W. C. The selected
poems of William Carlos Williams . N.Y .: New Directions , 1962 ; p . 172 . 2 .
Holmes , S. W. and Horioka , C. Zen art for meditation . Rutland , Vermont :
Charles E.

A Celebration of Art   Consciousness


Dying to Live

Discusses the stages of dying, examines the accounts of near-death experiences, and argues that brain chemistry, rather than afterlife, best explains the sensations felt near death

Dying to Live

Discusses the stages of dying, examines the accounts of near-death experiences, and argues that brain chemistry, rather than afterlife, best explains the sensations felt near death

Curators of the Buddha

Waley published a short essay entitled Zen Buddhism and Its Relation to Art in
1922 (reprint, London: Luzac &C Co., 1959). ... and contemporary psychology,
and believes that through Zen one may reach "the Universal Consciousness
which, ...

Curators of the Buddha

A critical history of the study of Buddhism in the West, incorporating insights of colonial and post-colonial cultural studies. Social, political and cultural conditions that have shaped the course of Buddhist studies are discussed.

Owning it

Tells the stories of men and women who have successfully handled life's challenges and changes

Owning it

Tells the stories of men and women who have successfully handled life's challenges and changes