- Taschenbuch: 263 Seiten
- Verlag: Three Pine Pr (30. April 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1931483086
- ISBN-13: 978-1931483087
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2 x 22,1 cm
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Meditation Works in the Daoist, Buddhist, and Hindu Traditions (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. April 2008
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Based on extensive cultural studies and long years of practice, this book explores meditation from the perspective of access to the subconscious and, in a distinct chapter on each form, outlines its physiology, world view, and traditional practice, then describes its medical adaptations and modern settings. In each case, it presents examples from the Buddhist, Daoist, and Hindu traditions, providing a comprehensive and analytical overview of the different modes and their concrete actualizations.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Livia Kohn is professor emerita of religion and East Asian studies at Boston University and now lives in Florida. Her specialty is medieval Daoism and the study of Chinese longevity practices. She has written and edited numerous books and is a long-term practitioner of taiji quan, qigong, yoga, and meditation.
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The following is a quote from Livia taken from the Acknowledgments section of this book. Livia says, "I developed a college course on meditation. In preparation for this course, I studied all kinds of meditation and visited various religious centers in the Boston area : from the Hare Krishnas through the Buddhist Culture Center, the Cambridge Insight Meditation and Zen Centers to Korean Sword Zen, Siddha Yoga, Shambhala, and Dzogchen. As a result, I came to appreciate the vast differences in culture, mind-body concepts, and concrete practice in what is commonly lumped together under the single heading " meditation ". "
The reason I explained more about Livia's meditation experience than the contents of this book, is because I want the person reading this review to understand that in regard to all aspects of meditation, Livia has--- BEEN THERE DONE THAT.--- I don't know of any person that is more qualified to write an in-depth book on meditation than Livia Kohn. In this book she also discusses meditation's effects on the brain, and meditation's effects on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human functioning. If your interested in chanting and mantras, Livia has written a profound chapter on chanting and mantra practice in this book. She discusses in depth all aspects of meditation in the Daoist, Buddhist and Hindu Traditions.
There is a typology of meditation here. The author describes meditation types, styles, history, and compares them comprehensively. She also states the current way in which all these practices relate to each other and there own history. This book will please the advanced practitioner, and the beginner both. There is great insight into the how and why and what goes on in each type of meditation and it should take the confusion out of understanding an often overwhelming topic. There are hundreds of foot notes giving information and the bibliography has almost forty pages!
I will be reading this book more than once, I will be showing it to students, I will be using it to help me in my own practice, and I will keep it in a place of honor with other reference works and classics.
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