The Zhuangzi is the second major text of Daoism, one with multiple aspects and dimensions. This work—currently in preparation, to be published next year—focuses on both: the careful reading of the text itself, understanding its meaning, interpreting its concepts, and discussing its implications AND the various relationships it stands in: history, society, Chinese philosophy, Daoist schools, commentaries, poetry and art, and Buddhism, as well as cross-cultural comparisons with Western concepts and thinkers, from Plato to Derrida.
The book consists of twenty-four chapters: all the odd-numbered chapters are on context, from the compilation of the text to its reading in 21st century ecology; the even-numbered chapters are on text, presenting and explicating the core concepts of the Zhuangzi from perfect happiness to useless living.
Each sequence can be read on its own—all about the text in the even chapters, all about its history and comparison in the odd ones—but the sections also connect in an integrated synthesis. For a list of contents, see below.
- The Text
- Utmost Happiness
- Axial Age Philosophy
- Ordinary Thinking
- The Social Setting
- Body and Mind
- Ancient Daoist Strands
- The Workings of the Universe
- Guo Xiang
- Virtue and Destiny
- Religious Daoism
- Meditation and Self-Cultivation
- The Buddhist Connection
- The Perfected
- Poetry and Art
- Language and Metaphors
- The Self
- Western Thought
- Skillful Spontaneity
- Contemporary Philosophy
- Ethical Living
- Society and Ecology
- In the World
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Steven Geisz and Livia Kohn are now teaching qigong in the Tampa Bay area.
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Core Health: The Quantum Way to Inner Power, by Dr. Ed Carlson & Dr. Livia Kohn, is coming out in a beautiful first hardcover edition in late September.
The book provides the authoritative description of this potent health-expansion process. It describes the theoretical foundations in science and cell biology, outlines the quest of its founder, Dr. Ed Carlson, and presents its processes and integrated system in admirable clarity. It concludes with a look at the potential impact of Core Health on the future of humanity and presents ample testimonials of its powerful effect.
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Core Health™ is an easy and enjoyable way to reconnect to our energy system’s pure core of health. Working from the inside-out and expanding our inherent in-power, it combines modern Western science (notably quantum physics and behavioral kinesiology) with traditional Eastern cosmology and methods as well as with universal visions of spiritual attainment and human perfection. In the following, I outline the main points of convergence with Daoism in terms of theory and practice and the key features Core Health adds. An apparatus provides further materials: Core Health sequences; bibliography, and web resources.
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NEW BOOK. OUT IN MARCH 2012. Check: www.threepinespress.com
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 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.
A 3-day workshop that introduces a variety of ways to better understand and activate our energy body, including qigong, yoga, breathing, meditations, dancing, diets, and fengshui. It centers on guided practices and emphasizes the concrete applicability of the techniques. It also explores questions of why they work as they do from the perspective of both traditional Eastern thinking and modern Western science.
Date: Sept. 9-11, 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Tuition: $330.00 (incl. textbook)
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New book from Three Pines Press (www.threepinespress.com)
Living Authentically: Daoist Contributions to Modern Psychology (prepublication $25 plus shippping)
Publication date: August 2011
This book brings together classical scholars of Daoism, professors of psychology, practicing psychologists, medical doctors, and alternative practitioners (acupuncturists, qigong healers, pedagogues, and counselors) in an exciting new journey of discovery. This fruitful venture, born during panels at several Daoist conferences, explores ways of living in the world, sustaining relationships, and educating children, in a stress-free, truly authentic way. It outlines different Daoist visions and concepts of the conscious and subconscious mind and its transformations; it correlates these to different schools of psychology today (psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy, humanistic psychology, positive psychology); and it explores options on how we can best become fully authentic, allowing the universal power of Dao to flow freely through all our attitudes and actions.
For complete table of contents, introduction, and list of contributors, see PSYCH-Sample
I have recently helped translate 100 rules for health, put together by a contemporary master on the basis of ancient Daoist and Buddhist teachings. To look at them for inspiration and study, please go to http://yijinjing.ro/health-rules.