Best-selling author and MU professor to speak at Columbia College

By REN BISHOP

neighborhood@columbiamissourian.com

Columbia College will host a best-selling author, clinical neurologist and professor at University of Missouri’s medical school at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in Launer Auditorium.

Dr. James Austin, a zen practitioner, will present “Zen and the Brain” as part of the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies, according to a news release from Columbia College.

Austin became attracted to Buddhist Zen when he lived in Japan, according to an interview by MIT Press.

“Zen training opens up the depths of the personality to more optimal ways of authentic living in the everyday world, the real world right in front of our nose,” he said.

Austin has written several other titles, including Zen-Brain Reflections, which is the sequel to Zen and the Brain, according to the release.

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