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
A long-awaited textbook that introduces the major schools, teachings, and practices of Daoism, this work presents a chronological survey that is thematically divided into four parts: Ancient Thought,... More > Religious Communities, Spiritual Practices, and Modernity.
The work offers an integrated vision of the Daoist tradition in its historical and cultural context, establishing connections with relevant information on Confucianism, Buddhism, popular religion, and political developments.
It also places Daoism into a larger theoretical and comparative context. The book makes ample use of original materials and provides references to further readings and original sources in translation.< Less
People today live longer than in any time in history and they want to stay young and active for many years to come. The Chinese have successfully practiced longevity techniques for millennia, working... More > with process-oriented and energy-based methods. Their literature is full of essential insights and practical guidelines to longer, healthier, and happier lives.
A Source Book in Chinese Longevity is the first comprehensive collection of traditional longevity sources in English translation. Arranged chronologically, it presents materials from ancient medical manuscripts through medieval manuals and Daoist scriptures to late imperial works that specifically focus on women. Well organized and illustrated, it provides easy access to a treasure trove of information, fascinating to scholars, practitioners, and lay readers alike.< Less
Daoist Body Cultivation is a comprehensive volume by a group of dedicated scholars and
practitioners that covers the key practices of medical healing, breathing, diets, exercises,
sexual practices,... More > Qigong, and Taiji quan. Each presentation places the practice in its historical
and cultural context and relates its current application and efficaciousness. Ultimately
aiming to energetically transform the person into a spiritual and trancendent being, Daoist
cultivation techniques have proven beneficial for health time and again and can make an important
contribution in the world today. Daoist Body Cultivation provides a deeper under
standing of the practices in their cultural and historical contexts, bridging the gap between
healing and religion and allowing both scholars and practitioners to reach a deeper understanding
and appreciation.< Less