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Daoist Dietetics: Food for Immortality By Livia Kohn
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Daoist Dietetics provides an introductory overview of the main characteristics, historical developments, and recipes of the Daoist diet. It begins with two analytical parts: on medicinal diets and on... More > they theory and history of Daoist nutrition. Beyond this, it presents translations of medieval documents on Daoist fasting and concludes with a selection of recipes that can be easily used in a Western kitchen. A pathbreaking venture, the book opens new insights into the longevity methods and religious technology of traditional China< Less
Daoist Dietetics: Food for Immortality By Livia Kohn
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Daoist Dietetics provides an introductory overview of the main characteristics, historical developments, and recipes of the Daoist diet. It begins with two analytical parts: on medicinal diets and on... More > they theory and history of Daoist nutrition. Beyond this, it presents translations of medieval documents on Daoist fasting and concludes with a selection of recipes that can be easily used in a Western kitchen. A pathbreaking venture, the book opens new insights into the longevity methods and religious technology of traditional China< Less
Chen Tuan: Discussions and Translations By Livia Kohn
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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 Mystical Philosophy By Livia Kohn
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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
Readings in Daoist Mysticism By Livia Kohn
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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
Meditation Works: In the Daoist, Buddhist, and Hindu Traditions By Livia Kohn
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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
Zhuangzi: Text and Context By Livia Kohn
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Zhuangzi: Text and Context is a comprehensive discussion of the ancient Daoist work Zhuangzi in 24 chapters, providing a chronologically-based outline of the context of the work, from the compilation... More > of the text to its reading in 21st century ecology, plus a systematic discussion and interpretation of its central concepts from perfect happiness to playful uselessness. The book integrates a vast spectrum of original and secondary sources, examines the history and ideas in a wide context, both within China and cross-culturally, and relates many of Zhuangzi’s key notions and practices to modern science, notably physics, biology, and psychology. Encyclopedic in scope, meticulous in execution, and skillfully presented, it is a must for anyone interested in traditional Chinese thought.< Less
Sitting in Oblivion: The Heart of Daoist Meditation By Livia Kohn
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Sitting in Oblivion outlines the history and intricacies of zuowang, an essential form of Daoist meditation. It divides into two parts. "Discussion" begins by placing the practice in the... More > larger context of the phenomenology of meditation and Chinese religious history. It then discusses early forms, Tang developments, the Buddhist impact, and its role today. "Translation" presents eight core texts,all with ample annotation. Drawing on decades of Daoist scholarship and meditation experience, this book is the culmination of Kohn's extensive, path-breaking work. It greatly enhances our understanding of the complex methods and concepts involved in attaining Dao.< Less
Laughing at the Dao: Debates among Buddhists and Daoists in Medieval China By Livia Kohn
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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
Daoism and Chinese Culture By Livia Kohn
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A long-awaited textbook that introduces the major schools, treachings, and practices of Daoism, this work presents a chronological survey that is thematically divided into four parts: Ancient... More > Thought, Religious Communities, Spiritual Practices, and Modernity. It offers an integrated vision of the Daoist tradition in is historical and cultural context, estab-lishing connections with relevant information on Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism, popular religion, and political developments. It also places Daoism into a larger theoretical and comparative framework, relating it to mysticism, millenarianism, forms of religious organization, ritual, meditation, and modernity. The book makes ample use of original materials and provides references to further readings and original sources in translation. It is a powerful resource for teaching and studying alike.< Less