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  • By jwild on November 5, 2015

    This book is not for someone who wants to learn how to meditate. The new and inexperienced meditator will not understand what Livia is talking about regarding meditation in a lot of this book. The experienced meditator will understand and benefit greatly from this book. First and foremost, Livia Kohn, the author of this book, has had many years of personal meditation experience. So, besides from being a very knowledgable (she's a storehouse of information) college Professor emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies, and an expert in conducting psychological research; she is also an avid meditator and has been so for a long time. Her personal meditation experience includes a variety of different meditation approaches starting in the mid-1970's until the present day. Livia's specialty is all aspects of Daoist meditation; but she has also been involved in Buddhist practice insight meditation, Zen meditation, Tantra meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and much more. 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.

  • By Taiji on Maui on May 10, 2015

    This book is the best one that I have found on this subject. Livia Kohn is becoming one of my favorite authors. I usually read with a pencil in hand... In this book, I wanted to underline and annotate everywhere! I teach Taiji, qigong and meditation. I am always looking for more and better resources. I have read everybody's Tao books, maybe hundreds of them, so many of them are re-works of the classics, and so I figure, "just read the classics." While this serves me well, I like to find works that students can understand easy. Kohn's books are scholarly, in depth and insight. I love the way she can be both esoteric, and simple. This book is a good example of that.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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