James H. Austin

Dr. Jim Austin, M.D., clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner for more than three decades, Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Visiting Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. At the University of Colorado, Dr. Austin was Chair of the Department of Neurology.

He is the author of Zen and the Brain; Chase, Chance and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty; Zen-Brain Reflections; and Selfless Insight, all published by MIT Press.

Dr. Austin’s website is: http://www.zenandthebrain.com

Title of UFCSH talk: “Meditating Selflessly: Practical Neural Zen”
Monday, Feb 20, 2012
In “Meditating Selflessly”, Dr. Austin’s talk explains meditative practices from the perspective of a “neural Zen.” His findings in brain research inform its suggestions. In Meditating Selflessly, James Austin guides the audience toward that open awareness already awaiting them on the cushion and in the natural world. 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.