Join Asian Religions professor Livia Kohn for an in-depth, in-country experience of the history, culture, and presence of the religions of Asia as seen through the temples, palaces, museums, and holy mountains of China or Japan. Gain a new level of understanding of Asian culture by immersing yourself in the local lifestyle to learn first-hand about the unfolding of its religions in history. Have a great time hiking around scenic spots, participating in cultural activities, relishing the local cuisine, and making new friends among your fellow travelers.
About Your Guide
Livia Kohn earned her Ph. D. in 1980. After six years at Kyoto University in Japan, she joined Boston University as Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies in 1988, then returned to Kyoto twice more for 2-year stays. After starting her Kyoto Hike tours in 2004, she retired from active teaching in 2006 and now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Her specialty is the study of the Daoist religion and Chinese long life practices, but having lived in Kyoto for close to 10 years, she is also an expert in Japanese religions. She has written and edited 35 books and over 100 articles, as well as translated works from the German, French, Chinese, and Japanese. Today, she serves as the executive editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies, manages Three Pines Press, the Western voice of Daoism (www.threepinespress.com), and organizes the International Conference on Daoist Studies (www.daoistconference.info).
In terms of self-cultivation, she began practicing Taiji quan in the 1970s and dedicated herself to Vipassana Meditation for 20 years, beginning in 1981. She is also a certified instructor of Kripalu Yoga, Qigong, and Scottish Country Dancing. Friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter (@liviakohn).