Ten Zen Questions

Susan Blackmore

Ten Zen Questions

Who are you? When are you? What were you conscious of a moment ago? This book sees acclaimed psychologist Susan Blackmore combining the latest scientific theories about mind, self, and consciousness, with a lifetime's practice of Zen. Alongside her research on consciousness and memes, Susan Blackmore has been practising Zen for over twenty-five years; not as a Buddhist, but as a scientist who longs to understand the mind. Many neuroscientists and philosophers believe that we need first-person approaches as well as third-person scientific research in order to fully comprehend consciousness. In Ten Zen Questions, she brings the two together for the first time. Seeking to understand whether personal experience can help penetrate the scientific mystery of consciousness, she uses traditional techniques of calming the mind and looking directly into experience as she delves into ten great questions, including How does thought arise?, Am I conscious now?, and the Zen koan There is no time. What is memory? Featuring the ten questions, a critical response from her Zen master, and lively illustrations, Ten Zen Questions offers a revolutionary way to try to understand who we are. 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Ten Zen Questions

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Religion & Spirituality
Format Hardback
Pages 176
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication January 2009
ISBN 978-1851686421
Publisher Oneworld
 

Who are you? When are you? What were you conscious of a moment ago? This book sees acclaimed psychologist Susan Blackmore combining the latest scientific theories about mind, self, and consciousness, with a lifetime's practice of Zen. Alongside her research on consciousness and memes, Susan Blackmore has been practising Zen for over twenty-five years; not as a Buddhist, but as a scientist who longs to understand the mind. Many neuroscientists and philosophers believe that we need first-person approaches as well as third-person scientific research in order to fully comprehend consciousness. In Ten Zen Questions, she brings the two together for the first time. Seeking to understand whether personal experience can help penetrate the scientific mystery of consciousness, she uses traditional techniques of calming the mind and looking directly into experience as she delves into ten great questions, including How does thought arise?, Am I conscious now?, and the Zen koan There is no time. What is memory? Featuring the ten questions, a critical response from her Zen master, and lively illustrations, Ten Zen Questions offers a revolutionary way to try to understand who we are.

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The Guardian

Steven Poole

...she wrestles with questions such as "Am I conscious now?", "There is no time. What is memory?" or "Are you here now?" To which you might want to answer, in order, "Yes", "Eh?" and "Duh". But Blackmore succeeds in making them more interesting. In many parts, her account reads like a surreal existential horror novel: one moment she is sitting in the hut in her garden, the next she is teetering on the edge of an abyss... [A] richly odd book

14/03/2009

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