Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save by John Tarrant

By John Tarrant

Deliver Me the Rhinoceros is an strange advisor to happiness and a can opener in your pondering. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans were handed down via generations of masters, frequently in deepest encounters among instructor and scholar. This ebook deftly retells greater than a dozen conventional koans, that are in part paradoxical questions risky for your ideals and in part treasure packing containers of historic knowledge. Koans convey that you simply don’t need to galvanize humans or become a more robust, extra polished model of your self. as a substitute you will find happiness by way of unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and usually subverting disappointment. John Tarrant brings the center of the koan culture out into the open, reminding us that the outdated knowledge is still as important as ever, a deep source to be had to an individual in anyplace or time.

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We think that this represents an impairment in storage. This is in part because we have patients who have a memory impairment for a short time, only for one day, for example. And when such patients recover function in these brain sites, they never recover memory for that lost day. It is as though those events were never recorded. Different Types of Memory DALAI LAMA: In Buddhist psychology, we speak of memory in terms of retention and storage. Could some cases involve the capacity for retention, but not for the storing of memory?

ROBERT LIVINGSTON: Would you like to say something about personal neglect syndromes? ANTONIO DAMASIO: There is a condition occurring with particular lesions, especially involving the right hemisphere, although they can also involve the left, in which the patient loses the ability to pay attention to bodily events that are occurring on the other side of the body. So, if I have a brain lesion in my left hemisphere, I may be normally attentive and congruent about what happens on either side of my body and the space around my body.

For instance, if a very skilled musician loses the ability to perceive pitch or to recognize melodies as a result of a stroke, that skill is lost forever. We have studied musically talented patients. We have followed the case of a professional opera singer who suffered a stroke in his right hemisphere affecting his acoustic processing systems. His ability to recognize arias, even from operas he had sung on stage for years, was entirely lost. His ability to sing on pitch was also lost. But, he can still go to the piano, with a score in front of him, and play perfectly, without error.

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