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 several components of the realm ever because the foundations of the nice civilizations have been laid. It performed a necessary position within the formation of Asian cultures that hint a lot in their background to historical India and China. This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time reviews of the foremost traditions of Asian meditation in addition to fabric on medical methods to meditation. It delves deeply into the person traditions whereas viewing each one of them from a world point of view, studying either old and conventional connections among meditative practices from a variety of old sessions and various components of the Eurasian continent. It seeks to spot the cultural and historic peculiarities of Asian colleges of meditation whereas spotting easy good points of meditative perform throughout cultures, thereby taking step one towards a framework for the comparative learn of meditation.

The publication, accessibly written through students from a number of fields, opens with chapters that debate the definition and type of meditation. those are by means of contributions on Yoga and Tantra, that are usually subsumed less than the huge label of Hinduism; Jainism and Sikhism, Indian traditions now not frequently 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 contemporary medical curiosity in meditation, which, regardless of its Western orientation, is still nearly completely enthusiastic about practices of Asian origin.

Until many years in the past an enormous quandary to the research of particular meditation practices in the traditions explored right here was once a frequent scholarly orientation that prioritized doctrinal matters and sociocultural contexts over genuine perform. The individuals search to counter this bias and complement issues over doctrine and context with the old examine of meditative practice.

Asian Traditions of Meditation will allure largely 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 spiritual studies.

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