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Kohn, Livia 1956-

Works: 86 works in 333 publications in 1 language and 20,166 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Sacred books 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Livia Kohn
Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching by Livia Kohn( )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching presents a coherent collection of materials on the ancient Chinese classic and its author, describing traditional and modern Western Interpretations. Written and edited by recognized international specialists in the field, this book brings Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching together to present current scholarship on their history and interpretation
Daoist identity : history, lineage, and ritual by Harold David Roth( )

15 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daoist Identity is an exploration of the various means by which Daoists over the centuries have created an identity for themselves. Using modern sociological studies of identity formation as its foundation, it brings together a representative sample of in-depth analyses by eminent American and Japanese scholars in the field. The discussion begins with critical examinations of the ways identity was found among the early movements of the Way of Great Peace and the Celestial Masters. The role of sacred texts and literary culture in Daoist identity formation is discussed. The volume then focuses on lineage formation and the increasing role of popular religious practices, such as spirit-writing, in modern Daoism since the Song dynasty. Finally it discusses the Daoist adaptation and reinterpretation of Buddhist rites, such as the feeding of souls in hell and the use of ritual gestures, and the changes made in contemporary Daoism in relation to traditional rites and popular practices
The Taoist experience : an anthology by Livia Kohn( )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taoist mystical philosophy : the scripture of western ascension by Livia Kohn( )

12 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese healing exercises : the tradition of Daoyin by Livia Kohn( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daoyin, the traditional Chinese practice of guiding the qi and stretching the body is the forerunner of Qigong, the modern form of exercise that has swept through China and is making increasing inroads in the West. Like other Asian body practices, Daoyin focuses on the body as the main vehicle of attainment; views health and spiritual transformation as one continuum leading to perfection or self-realization; and works intensely and consciously with the breath and with the conscious guiding of internal energies. This book explores the different forms of Daoyin in historical sequence, beginning with the early medical manuscripts of the Han dynasty, then moving into its religious adaptation in Highest Clarity Daoism. After examining the medieval Daoyin Scripture and ways of integrating the practice into Tang Daoist immortality, the work outlines late imperial forms and describes the transformation of the practice in the modern world. Presenting a rich crop of specific exercises together with historical context and comparative insights, "Chinese Healing Exercises" is valuable for both specialists and general readers. It provides historical depth and opens concrete details of an important but as yet little-known health practice
The Daoist monastic manual : a translation of the Fengdao kejie by Livia Kohn( )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Fengdao kejie or "Rules and Precepts for Worshiping the Dao" dates from the early seventh century and is a key text of medieval Daoist priesthood and monasticism, which was first formally organized in the sixth century. Compiled to serve the needs of both monastic practitioners and priests in training, it describes the fundamental rules, organizational principles, and concrete establishments of Daoist institutions. Speaking in their own voices and presenting the ideal Daoist life of their time, priests and recluses come to life in this ancient document."--Jacket
Introducing Daoism by Livia Kohn( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early Chinese mysticism : philosophy and soteriology in the Taoist tradition by Livia Kohn( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Did Chinese mysticism vanish after its first appearance in ancient Taoist philosophy, to surface only after a thousand years had passed, when the Chinese had adapted Buddhism to their own culture? This first integrated survey of the mystical dimension of Taoism disputes the commonly accepted idea of such a hiatus. Covering the period from the Daode jing to the end of the Tang, Livia Kohn reveals an often misunderstood Chinese mystical tradition that continued through the ages. Influenced by but ultimately independent of Buddhism, it took forms more various than the quietistic withdrawal of Laozi or the sudden enlightenment of the Chan Buddhists." "On the basis of a new theoretical evaluation of mysticism, this study analyzes the relationship between philosophical and religious Taoism and between Buddhism and the native Chinese tradition. Kohn shows how the quietistic and socially oriented Daode jing was combined with the ecstatic and individualistic mysticism of the Zhuangzi, with immortality beliefs and practices, and with Buddhist insight meditation, mind analysis, and doctrines of karma and retribution. She goes on to demonstrate that Chinese mysticism, a complex synthesis by the late Six Dynasties, reached its zenith in the Tang, laying the foundations for later developments in the Song traditions of Inner Alchemy, Chan Buddhism, and Neo-Confucianism. Book jacket."--Jacket
Women in Daoism by Catherine Despeux( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Women in Daoism' outlines the status and roles of women in the Daoist tradition from its inception to the present day. It describes the historical development and role of Daoist women in Chinese society, focusing on the different ideals women stood for as much as on the religious practices they cultivated."--Cover
Daoism and Chinese culture by Livia Kohn( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, 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, Chinese Buddhism, popular religion, and political developments. It also places Daoism into a larger theoretical and comparative framework, relating it to mysticism, millena
Health and long life the Chinese way by Livia Kohn( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Health and long life: the Chinese way brings together the wide variety of Chinese medical and spiritual methods in one integrated volume. It provides not only basic description, but also discusses the relationship of Chinese healing to contemporary western science and religious Daoism. The book begins with a survey of the basic concepts of Chinese medicine, followed by a presentation of clinical and contemporary practices in various countries. A third part deals with ways of balancing qi, such as Fengshui, diets and sexual practices, while the last section presents a well-informed discussion of self-cultivation methods. Easy to read, with numerous charts and illustrations, and enriched by exercises that encourage readers to examine their own practices and attitudes, Health and Long Life is a great resource for anyone interested in Chinese healing." -- Publisher's description
Laughing at the Tao : debates among Buddhists and Taoists in medieval China by Livia Kohn( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kohn's work offers rare insight into an important and hitherto largely unexplored episode in Chinese intellectual history. She examines the complexities of medieval Buddhism's relationship to Chinese statecraft and society and shows how the shifting fortunes of varying factions and values figured in this polemical confrontation. Three appendices complete the work, summarizing materials of both earlier and later debates and analyzing the Taoist sources cited in the Xiaodao lun, which brings together many Taoist materials that would otherwise be lost. Richly informed and highly relevant to an understanding of medieval China, Kohn's work greatly enhances the study of medieval Buddhist and Taoist myth, rhetoric, and ideology
Daoism handbook( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monastic life in medieval Daoism : a cross-cultural perspective by Livia Kohn( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Monastic Life in Medieval Daoism, a senior scholar of Daoist studies presents for the first time a detailed description and analysis of the organization and practices of medieval Daoist monasteries. Following an introduction to the wider, comparative issues involved in the study of monasticism, Livia Kohn outlines the origin, history, conceptual understanding, and social position of the monasteries, which came into their own early in the Tang dynasty. She examines texts from this period along with the architectural layout of Daoist monasteries, the daily discipline and interpersonal etiquette of monks and nuns, their implements and vestments, as well as the liturgical dimension (regular services, annual festivals, and special rites such as funerals) of monastic life. Throughout, Professor Kohn maintains a high comparative level, linking the Daoist situation and practices not only with Chinese popular, Confucian, Buddhist, and lay Daoist traditions, but also with relevant examples from Indian Buddhism and medieval Christianity."--BOOK JACKET
Daoist body cultivation : traditional models and contemporary practices by Livia Kohn( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, Qigong, and Taiji quan. Each presentation places the practice in its historical and cultural context and relates its current application and efficaciousness. Ultimatelyaiming to energetically transform the person into a spiritual and transcendent being, Daoist cultivation techniques have proven beneficial for health time and again and can make an importantcontribution in the world today. The book pro
Meditation works : in the Daoist, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions by Livia Kohn( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Research it meditation tends to focus on the concrete healing effect of the practice, working either with a single from or using an indeterminate mixture of practices. So far studies work with minimal typologies often poorly defined and tend to neglect historical and cultural aspects." "Meditation Works remedies this shortcoming Based on extensive cultural studies and long years of practice, the author creates a new typology of medication based on six distinct ways of access to the subconscious. In a special chapter on each type, she then outlines the physiology, worldview, and traditional practice as well as its modern medical adaptations and organizational settings. In each case, she substantiates her presentation with examples from the Daoist, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions, Providing a thorough theoretical framework combined with a comprehensive, analytical overview, the book greatly advances our understanding of meditation."--Jacket
Taoist meditation and longevity techniques by Livia Kohn( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zhuangzi : text and context by Livia Kohn( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a comprehensive discussion of the ancient Daoist classic Zhuangzi. It contains both a chronological outline of the context of the work, from its compilation to its relevance today, and a systematic discussion of its central concepts. It examines history and ideas in multiple contexts and relates may of Zhuangzi's key notions and practices to modern science.--
Sitting in oblivion : the heart of Daoist meditation by Livia Kohn( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 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 underst
Cosmos and community : the ethical dimension of Daoism by Livia Kohn( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 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
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Daoist identity : history, lineage, and ritual
Alternative Names
Knaul, Livia.

Knaul Livia 1956-....

Kohn, Livia

Köhn, Livia 1956-

Livia Kohn Duits professor

Livia Kohn German professor

Livia Kohn Religionswissenschaftlerin und Hochschullehrerin an der Boston University

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Daoist identity : history, lineage, and ritualThe Taoist experience : an anthologyChinese healing exercises : the tradition of DaoyinThe Daoist monastic manual : a translation of the Fengdao kejieIntroducing DaoismEarly Chinese mysticism : philosophy and soteriology in the Taoist traditionWomen in DaoismDaoism and Chinese culture