Sitting in Oblivion
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|Electronic file 15.00 USD|
This book began when Kohnï¿½s work on the Zuowang lun, Seven Steps to the Dao (1987) went out of print and the editors at Monumenta Serica, who had published it in their monograph series, granted permission to reuse the materials in a new format. The texts, then, are republished from the earlier book with a few minor changes in terminology and annotation, but no serious alteration. Three new textsï¿½since then translated and found relevantï¿½were added into the mix, again with some changes in format and terminology.
The ï¿½Discussionï¿½ part of the book is entirely new. The author retains the basic descriptions and references used in the earlier book, but much was outdated, superseded by research in the past decades, or formulated in ways no longer used today. The book still retains the same focus as the earlier one: the Zuowang lun by Sima Chengzhen of the eighth century. It places the text at the beginning of the ï¿½Translationï¿½ section and in the center of the ï¿½Discussion.ï¿½ The latter is designed to build up to the central work, beginning with a general placement of the practice in meditation theory and Daoist systems, then working through ancient Daoist texts and the scholastic vision of Twofold Mystery. After a presentation of writersï¿½ biographies and technical information on the texts, it again leads away from the Zuowang lun by first looking at the complexities of the integrated meditation system and then, in the last two chapters, relating it to Buddhism and modern science.
For a full list of contents and to read the introduction, please click here. (Oblivion.pdf)