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Livia Kohn

Selected works: – “Early Chinese Mysticism: Philosophy and Soteriology in the Taoist Tradition” – Library of Congress data on Livia Kohn – Department of Religion […]

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Selected works:
– “Early Chinese Mysticism: Philosophy and Soteriology in the Taoist Tradition”
– Library of Congress data on Livia Kohn
– Department of Religion at Boston University’s information on Livia Kohn
– Livia Kohn’s Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
– Review by Daniel Boucher on “Laughing at the Tao: Debates among Buddhists and Taoists in Medieval China”

Academic career:
– Emeritus professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University
– Specializes in studies of Taoism (or Daoism)
– Completed Ph.D. at Bonn University in 1980
– Held academic positions at Kyoto University, University of Michigan, and Boston University
– Authored or edited over 50 books and numerous articles on Daoism

Editorial roles:
– Executive editor of Three Pines Press since 2000
– Editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies since 2008
– Multilingual scholar proficient in German, English, Chinese, and Japanese
– Cited as a prolific scholar of Daoism early in her career
– Influence on Western cultural understanding of Daoism and East Asian religious practices

Additional activities:
– Practices tai chi
– Certified instructor of yoga and qigong
– Leads workshops, seminars, and tours of Japan

Livia Kohn (Wikipedia)

Livia (Knaul) Kohn (born March 14, 1956) is an emeritus professor of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University, specializing in studies of Taoism (or Daoism).

Livia Kohn
Born (1956-03-14) March 14, 1956 (age 68)
Academic background
Alma materBonn University (PhD)
Academic work
DisciplineReligious scholar
Sub-disciplineTaoism
Institutions

Kohn completed her Ph.D. at Bonn University in 1980. She has held academic positions at Kyoto University (1981–1986), University of Michigan (1986–1987), and Boston University (1988–2006). Kohn has authored or edited over 50 books and many articles on Daoism. She has served as an executive editor of Three Pines Press since 2000 and the Journal of Daoist Studies since 2008. Kohn is a multilingual scholar and has written or translated works in German, English, Chinese, and Japanese.

Livia Kohn was cited as a prolific scholar of Daoism early in her career. However, her influence on Western cultural understanding of Daoism and other East Asian religious practices extends beyond the scholarly literature. Kohn practices tai chi, is a certified instructor of yoga and qigong, and leads workshops, seminars, and tours of Japan.

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