Neurologist, Researcher and Zen Practitioner

Dr. James H. Austin


“Zen and the Brain”

A Brief Introduction to Zen, Neuroscience and
Meditating Selflessly

Thursday, October 14, 2010
11 a.m.

Launer Auditorium • Columbia College Campus

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Dr. James Austin

About Dr. James Austin

Dr. James H. Austin is a clinical neurologist, researcher and Zen practitioner. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health and Science Center.

His Zen training began in 1974 while in Kyoto, Japan, where he began studying under the English-speaking Kobori Nanrei Sohaku-Roshi. His early research background includes publications in the areas of clinical neurology, neuropathology, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology. Austin is the author of more than 140 professional publications, including the best-selling book Zen and the Brain and its sequel, Zen-Brain Reflections. He is also the author of Chase, Chance and Creativity and Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness.

The Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies was created to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about religion’s influence on society in the Unites States and globally. Read more about the Schiffman Lecture series.

Previous lectures in Religious Studies
2009 Robert Wright, Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
2009 Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, director, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University
2008 Susan Jacoby, author of The New York Times best seller, The Age of American Unreason
2007 Dr. Stephen J. Patterson, professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis
2006 Rev. Martin Marty, pastor, author and Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School
2005 Ellen O’Grady, artist and social activist
2004 Rev. John Yonker of First Christian Church and Rabbi Yossi Feintuch of Congregation Beth Shalom of Columbia, Mo.
2003 Dr. Shakir Hoomodi, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri
2002 Dr. Linda Lindsey, professor of sociology and coordinator of women’s studies, Maryville University of St. Louis.
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