Ten Zen Questions

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Overview


The calming and de-stressing benefits of practicing Zen have long been known, but now scientists are also considering its huge potential to influence our ability to understand and experience consciousness. However, until now few scientists would publicly admit this because of the taboo surrounding the supposed conflict between scientific and 'spiritual' practices, a taboo that was responsible for the medical profession's previous dismissal of successful alternative therapies such as acupuncture. Susan Blackmore is about to change all that: she’s a world expert in brain science who has also been practising Zen for over twenty-five years. In Ten Zen Questions, she doesn’t push any religious or spiritual agenda but simply presents the methods used in Zen, such as meditation, as an aid to help us all think about things in a deeper and clearer way. Each chapter takes as its starting point one of Zen’s - and science's - most intriguing questions such as, "Am I conscious now?" and "How does thought arise?" Dr Susan Blackmore is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in Bristol, UK.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686421
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Blackmore, Susan |s Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and writer whose research on consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences has been published in over sixty academic papers, as well as book chapters, reviews, and popular articles. She has a regular blog in the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. Her book The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 12 other languages and more recent books include a textbook, Consciousness: An Introduction (2003), and Conversations on Consciousness (2005).

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Table of Contents

Falling into Zen 1

The problem of consciousness 22

1 Am I conscious now? 41

2 What was I conscious of a moment ago? 50

3 Who is asking the question? 60

4 Where is this? 69

5 How does thought arise? 77

6 There is no time. What is memory? 92

7 When are you? 106

8 Are you here now? 118

9 What am I doing? 735

10 What happens next? 150

Being conscious 160

Response of a Zen Master 166

Further reading 175

Index 177

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