A major new initiative in Daoist Studies, Cosmos and Community is the first English study of Daoist religious ethics. Based on original translations of primary sources, this is required reading for... More > anyone interested in Daoism, comparative ethics, or Chinese history. The book presents a thorough comparative analysis of various kinds of Daoist rules together with extensive translations of original sources from the third through seventeenth centuries.
Based on extensive cultural studies and long years of practice, Livia Kohn here creates a new typology of meditation based on six distinct ways of accessing the subconscious. In a special chapter on... More > each type, she outlines the physiology, world view, and traditional practice as well as its modern medical adaptations and organizational settings.
Providing a thorough theoretical framework combined with a comprehensive, analytical overview and extensive practical applications, the book greatly advances our understanding of meditation.< Less
This book supplements Cosmos & Community by providing additional translations of texts on Daoist rules in five groups:
1. Materials pertaining to the early communities of the Celestial... More > Masters.
2. Works addressed mainly to lay followers, linked with the major medieval schools.
3. Guidelines for medieval monastic organization and behavior.
4. Variant lists of rules in texts from the middle ages through the Ming.
5. Complete Perfection texts that specify modern monastic ways.< Less
This book contains three essays and five translations on the Song Daoist saint and immortal Chen Tuan. It began with the author’s dissertation (Leben und Legende des Chen Tuan, 1981), which... More > focused on questions of legend development and the problem of what "immortality" meant as a religious ideal in the Song dynasty. Later she supplemented this work with materials on Chen Tuan as a physiognomist (1986; 1988) and by editing a volume for Taoist Resources (1989). The collection includes all these and some additional materials.< Less
Daoist practice is often seen as a predominantly physical and meditational activity, where the alignment of the body and harmonization of qi bring about the transformation of the emotions and... More > unfolding of the spirit. While this is entirely plausible, progress along the path in all cases also requires the rethinking and reformulation of one's basic ideas about the world, the adjustment of the mind and one's sense of identity to the flow of the Dao.
This 250-page collection of thirteen papers—published variously over the past two decades—for the first time bridges the gap between practitioners focusing largely on the presentation of techniques and thinkers/scholars concerning themselves mainly with cosmological, philosophical, and historical issues. It enhances our understanding of Daoism: its vision of mind, emotions, and the self, its views on the origins and manifestations of evil, and its take on family, society, deities, and the otherworld.< Less
The Scripture of Western Ascension is a central text of medieval Daoist mysticsm. Written in the fifth cetnury, it closely resembles the Daodejing in structure and contents. It has played an... More > important role in Daoist religious thought.< Less
The Xiaodao lun (Laughing at the Dao) is an important document of the debates among Buddhists and Daoists in sixth-century China. Written by the Daoist renegade Zhen Luan in the year 570, the text... More > aims to expose inconsistencies in Daoist doctrine, cosmology, ritual, and religious practice. In a complete and fully annotated translation, Livia Kohn places the work within the context of the debates and exposes the political schemes behind the apparently religious disputes. The translation is framed by an introduction on the history of the debates as well as by two appendixes, on materials of earlier and later debates and on the Daoist sources cited in the Xiaodao lun. Richly informed and highly relevant to an understanding of medieval China, Kohn’s work enhances the study of medieval Buddhist and Daoist myth, rhetoric, and ideology.< Less
A handy reader for students and teachers of mysticism in theory and practice, this collects 140 pages of expanded conference presentations and re-edited articles together with 90 pages of easily... More > accessible translations of relevant primary sources. It is ideally suited for specific classes on Daoism and Chinese religions, comprehensive courses on Asian religions, and introductions to mysticism in comparative perspective. It can also be used for general information on the subject or to access relevant sources.< Less