Asian Studies expert Livia Kohn to give a talk, “Zhuangzi on Perfect Happiness,” September 22, 2016

Asian studies expert Livia Kohn will discuss the concept of happiness in Chinese teachings at a lecture on Thursday, September 22, 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. Kohn’s talk, “Zhuangzi on Perfect Happiness” will draw from her extensive knowledge of Daoist religion and Chinese long life practices. This event is free and open to the public.

An accomplished scholar and writer, Kohn is professor emerita of religion and East Asian studies at Boston University. She is the author of Zhuangzi: Text and Context, A Source Book in Chinese Longevity, and Daoist Dietetics. In addition, she serves on numerous committees and editorial boards, leads Daoist Qigong and Core Health workshops worldwide, and is the lead organizer of a series of major international conferences on Daoism.

This event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Religion, Chinese and Japanese, and Philosophy; the Office of Dean of the Faculty; and the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 8, 2016