Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West

Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West


  • Author: Geoffrey Samuel & Jay Johnston
  • Release Date : 2013-04-12
  • Genre: Buddhism
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Subtle-body practices are found particularly in Indian, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian societies, but have become increasingly familiar in Western societies, especially through the various healing and yogic techniques and exercises associated with them. This book explores subtle-body practices from a variety of perspectives, and includes both studies of these practices in Asian and Western contexts.The book discusses how subtle-body practices assume a quasi-material level of human existence that is intermediate between conventional concepts of body and mind. Often, this level is conceived of in terms of an invisible structure of channels, associated with the human body, through which flows of quasi-material substance take place. Contributors look at how...

Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West

Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West


  • Author : Geoffrey Samuel
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-04-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136766404


Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West Book Description :

Subtle-body practices are found particularly in Indian, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian societies, but have become increasingly familiar in Western societies, especially through the various healing and yogic techniques and exercises associated with them. This book explores subtle-body practices from a variety of perspectives, and includes both studies of these practices in Asian and Western contexts. The book discusses how subtle-body practices assume a quasi-material level of human existence that is intermediate between conventional concepts of body and mind. Often, this level is conceived of in terms of an invisible structure of channels, associated with the human body, through which flows of quasi-material substance take place. Contributors look at ho...

Body Parts

Body Parts


  • Author : Michelle Voss Roberts
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506418575


Body Parts Book Description :

Christians have traditionally claimed that humans are created in the image of God (imago Dei), but they have consistently defined that image in ways that exclude people from full humanity. The most well-known definition locates the image in the rational soul, which is constructed in such a way that women, children, and many persons with disabilities are found deficient. Body Parts claims the importance of embodiment, difference, and limitation-not only as descriptions of the human condition but also as part of the imago Dei itself....

Inhaling Spirit

Inhaling Spirit


  • Author : Anya P. Foxen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190082741


Inhaling Spirit Book Description :

Recent scholarship has shown that modern postural yoga is the outcome of a complex process of transcultural exchange and syncretism. This book doubles down on those claims and digs even deeper, looking to uncover the disparate but entangled roots of modern yoga practice. Anya Foxen shows that some of what we call yoga, especially in North America and Europe, is genealogically only slightly related to pre-modern Indian yoga traditions. Rather, it is equally, if not more so, grounded in Hellenistic theories of the subtle body, Western esotericism and magic, pre-modern European medicine, and late-nineteenth-century women's wellness programs. The book begins by examining concepts arising out of Greek philosophy and religion, including Pythagoreanism, Sto...

The Doctrine of the Subtle Body in Western Tradition

The Doctrine of the Subtle Body in Western Tradition


  • Author : G. R. S. Mead
  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2005-11-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596053786


The Doctrine of the Subtle Body in Western Tradition Book Description :

What... is the use, in the resurrection, of a body of flesh, blood, sinews, and bones, of limbs and organs for functions of the flesh, such as eating and drinking, excretion and procreation? Are we to continue to do all these things for eternity?-from "The Resurrection-Body"The concept that the physical body is but a manifestation of a more numinous expression of the soul sounds very Eastern to modern ears, but in fact it was one of the foundations of Christianity that the tradition abandoned long ago. In this short but profound study, first published in 1919, one of the greatest thinkers on the origins of Christianity and a renowned expert on Gnostic and Hermetic literature reconnects us with an ancient belief in the divine within us all that is, su...

Training the Wisdom Body

Training the Wisdom Body


  • Author : Rose Taylor Goldfield
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780834828995


Training the Wisdom Body Book Description :

Sitting still in meditation may be the common image that comes to mind when one thinks of Buddhist practice—but just as important is cultivation of awareness through movement. The traditional Tibetan practice of yogic exercises known as lujong helps us connect with and explore the natural wisdom inherent in our living, breathing, feeling bodies. Lujong is an exercise that engages our whole being—body, mind, and subtle body—from the coarse aspects to the subtler and more profound. This book provides a thorough foundation for those new to the practice, and it helps people already engaged in any form of yogic exercise to deepen the potent fusion of meditation and physical movement. Included is an overview of the unique tradition of Buddhist yoga, ...

Orientalism
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Orientalism


  • Author : Edward W. Said
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-10-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804153867


Orientalism Book Description :

More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said's groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic. In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, Said traces the origins of "orientalism" to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined "the orient" simply as "other than" the occident. This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents true understanding. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world. From the Trade Paperback editio...

E Book Energy Medicine East and West

E Book Energy Medicine East and West


  • Author : David F. Mayor
  • Publisher : Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Release Date : 2011-05-31
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780702049231


E Book Energy Medicine East and West Book Description :

Energy Medicine East and West: A Natural History of Qi provides a unique, comprehensive overview of Qi or bioenergy for students and practitioners of energy medicines, Chinese and Oriental Medicine, and all disciplines of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Mayor and Micozzi start with a comparative historical account of the ancient concepts of Qi and vital energy before covering theories of Qi, a discussion of the organized therapeutic modalities based upon Qi and its applications to specific health and medical conditions. Contributions are included from international experts in the field. The book moves from anatomical and bioenergetic complementarity of Western vital energy and Eastern Qi, through convergence of perspectives and models to demo...

Modernism and the Occult

Modernism and the Occult


  • Author : John Bramble
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-03-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137465788


Modernism and the Occult Book Description :

This study of modernism's high imperial, occult-exotic affiliations presents many well-known figures from the period 1880-1960 in a new light. Modernism and the Occult traces the history of modernist engagement with 'irregular', heterodox and imported knowledge....

The Invention of Religion in Japan
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The Invention of Religion in Japan


  • Author : Jason Ananda Josephson
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226412351


The Invention of Religion in Japan Book Description :

Throughout its long history, Japan had no concept of what we call “religion.” There was no corresponding Japanese word, nor anything close to its meaning. But when American warships appeared off the coast of Japan in 1853 and forced the Japanese government to sign treaties demanding, among other things, freedom of religion, the country had to contend with this Western idea. In this book, Jason Ananda Josephson reveals how Japanese officials invented religion in Japan and traces the sweeping intellectual, legal, and cultural changes that followed. More than a tale of oppression or hegemony, Josephson’s account demonstrates that the process of articulating religion offered the Japanese state a valuable opportunity. In addition to carving out spac...

Orientalism and Religion

Orientalism and Religion


  • Author : Richard King
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-04-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134632343


Orientalism and Religion Book Description :

Orientalism and Religion offers us a timely discussion of the implications of contemporary post-colonial theory for the study of religion. Richard King examines the way in which notions such as mysticism, religion, Hinduism and Buddhism are taken for granted. He shows us how religion needs to be reinterpreted along the lines of cultural studies. Drawing on a variety of post-structuralist and post-colonial thinkers, such as Foucault, Gadamer, Said, and Spivak, King provides us with a challenging series of reflections on the nature of Religious Studies and Indology....