Hindu, Buddhist and Daoist Meditation

Hindu, Buddhist and Daoist Meditation: Cultural Histories. Edited by Halvor Eifring. Hermes. 2014.

Large waves of global interest in meditation over the last half century have all focused on techniques stemming from Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. This collection of essays explores selected topics from the historical traditions underlying such practices.

The book ventures far beyond the well-known Hindu repetition of sounds, Buddhist attention to breath and body, and Daoist movement of limbs and bodily energies. A picture emerges of meditative traditions that are much richer and more diverse than our modern viewpoint typically acknowledges. Many of the practices are also shown to be of greater cultural relevance than commonly recognized.

Table of Contents

The Uses of Attention: Elements of Meditative PracticeHalvor Eifring and Are Holen

Can There Be a Cultural History of Meditation? With Special Reference to India - Johannes Bronkhorst

Words for “Meditation” in Classical Yoga and Early Buddhism - Jens Braarvig

“Creative Contemplation” (Bhāvanā) in the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra - Bettina Bäumer ‘Sharada’

The First Absorption (Dhyāna) in Early Indian Buddhism: A Study of Source Material from the Madhyama-āgama - Bhikkhu Anālayo

Vipassanā in Burma: Self-government and the Ledi Ānāpāna Tradition - Gustaaf Houtman

Contemplation of the Repulsive: Bones and Skulls as Objects of Meditation - Bart Dessein

Red Snakes and Angry Queen Mothers: Hallucinations and Epiphanies in Medieval Daoist Meditation - Stephen Eskildsen

Daoist Clepsydra-Meditation: Late Medieval Quánzhēn Monasticism and Communal Meditation - Louis Komjathy

Published by Hermes, Oslo, 2014.

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