Asian Traditions of Meditation by Halvor Eifring,Edwin F. Bryant,Madhu Khanna,Johannes

By Halvor Eifring,Edwin F. Bryant,Madhu Khanna,Johannes Bronkhorst,Kristina Myrvold,Sarah Shaw,Geoffrey Samuel,Morten Schlutter,Harold D. Roth,Masaya Mabuchi,Are Holen

Meditation has flourished in numerous elements of the area ever because the foundations of the good civilizations have been laid. It performed a necessary function within the formation of Asian cultures that hint a lot in their history to historical India and China. This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time stories of the main traditions of Asian meditation in addition to fabric on clinical ways to meditation. It delves deeply into the person traditions whereas viewing each one of them from an international viewpoint, reading either old and familiar connections among meditative practices from various old sessions and diversified elements of the Eurasian continent. It seeks to spot the cultural and ancient peculiarities of Asian faculties of meditation whereas spotting uncomplicated positive aspects of meditative perform throughout cultures, thereby taking step one towards a framework for the comparative learn of meditation.

The e-book, accessibly written via students from a number of fields, opens with chapters that debate the definition and category of meditation. those are by means of contributions on Yoga and Tantra, that are frequently subsumed less than the huge label of Hinduism; Jainism and Sikhism, Indian traditions no longer often linked to meditation; Buddhist ways present in Southeast Asia, Tibet, and China; and the indigenous chinese language traditions, Daoism and Neo-Confucianism. the ultimate bankruptcy explores fresh medical curiosity in meditation, which, regardless of its Western orientation, is still nearly completely occupied with practices of Asian origin.

Until many years in the past an immense drawback to the learn of particular meditation practices in the traditions explored right here was once a common scholarly orientation that prioritized doctrinal matters and sociocultural contexts over genuine perform. The participants search to counter this bias and complement issues over doctrine and context with the ancient examine of meditative practice.

Asian Traditions of Meditation will charm widely to readers attracted to meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality and people within the rising box of contemplative schooling, in addition to scholars and students of Asian and non secular studies.

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