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Chinese Healing Exercises

The Tradition of Daoyin

Livia Kohn (author)

ISBN: 9780824832698

Publication Date: Nov 2008

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

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. This work outlines late imperial forms and describes the transformation of the practice in the modern world.
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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.
Illustrations 27 illustrations
Pages 344
Date Published 30 Nov 2008
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Series Latitude 20 Book
Subject/s Mind, Body, Spirit  
Livia Kohn is professor emerita of religion and East Asian studies at Boston University.

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