James H. Austin, M.D.
James H. Austin, M.D., is professor emeritus of neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is the author of
Zen and the Brain (MIT Press, 1998) and author or co-author of over 130 publications on neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, and clinical neurology. He lectures and teaches on Zen and the brain.
Your Self, Your Brain, and Zen
Neurologist James Austin was on sabbatical leave in Japan almost three decades ago when he was introduced to Zen meditation. There, in a 600-year-old temple in Kyoto, he began to wonder how the loss of all sense of self, reported by Zen practitioners for centuries, could lead not to clinical pathology but to enhanced mental clarity. Here is the story of a journey that has made Austin among the foremost investigators of “the latent capacities of our deeper intrinsic circuits.”