The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy
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An inquiry into ki-energy, its role within Eastern mind-body theory, and its implications for our contemporary Western understanding of the body.
This book is an inquiry into ki-energy, its role within Eastern mind-body theory, and its implications for our contemporary Western understanding of the body. Yuasa examines the concept of ki-energy as it has been used in such areas as acupuncture, Buddhist and Taoist meditation, and the martial arts. To explain the achievement of mind-body oneness in these traditions he offers an innovative schematization of the lived body. His approach is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, offering insights into Western philosophy, religion, medical science, depth psychology, parapsychology, theater, and physical education.
To substantiate the relationship that ki-energy forms between the human body and its environment, Yuasa introduces contemporary scientific research on ki-energy in China and Japan, as well as evidence from acupuncture medicine and from the experience of meditators and martial arts practitioners. This evidence requires not only a rethinking of the living human body and of the mind-body and mind-matter relation, but also calls into question the adequacy of the existing scientific paradigm. Yuasa calls for an epistemological critique of modern science and explores the issue of the relation of teleology to science.
Yuasa Yasuo is Professor of Japanology and Director of International Studies at Obirin University in Japan. He is the author of many books in Japanese, and the translation of his The Body: Toward an Eastern Mind-Body Theory is also published by SUNY Press.
"Among Japan's contemporary philosophers, Yuasa is one of the most provocative and far-reaching. His work critiques in a fruitful way the foundational ideas in Asian and Western philosophy, science, medicine, and the study of religion. He not only shows how ideas are culturally embedded, but also suggests how we can work across those cultural lines to make our theories more universal and more efficacious. Of his works available in English, this is not only his latest, but perhaps his most accessible. " — Thomas P. Kasulis, The Ohio State University