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 area ever because the foundations of the good civilizations have been laid. It performed an essential position within the formation of Asian cultures that hint a lot in their historical past to historic India and China. This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time reviews of the main traditions of Asian meditation in addition to fabric on clinical techniques to meditation. It delves deeply into the person traditions whereas viewing each one of them from a world point of view, reading either old and conventional connections among meditative practices from quite a few historic sessions and diversified elements of the Eurasian continent. It seeks to spot the cultural and historic peculiarities of Asian faculties of meditation whereas spotting uncomplicated beneficial properties of meditative perform throughout cultures, thereby taking step one towards a framework for the comparative learn of meditation.
The booklet, accessibly written through 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 lower than the extensive label of Hinduism; Jainism and Sikhism, Indian traditions no longer frequently linked to meditation; Buddhist techniques present in Southeast Asia, Tibet, and China; and the indigenous chinese language traditions, Daoism and Neo-Confucianism. the ultimate bankruptcy explores contemporary clinical curiosity in meditation, which, regardless of its Western orientation, is still virtually solely all for practices of Asian origin.
Until many years in the past an incredible problem to the examine of particular meditation practices in the traditions explored right here was once a common scholarly orientation that prioritized doctrinal matters and sociocultural contexts over real perform. The members 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 drawn 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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