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  1. Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion)
    Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion)
    Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion)
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  2. Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion)

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Subtle-body practices are found particularly in Indian, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian societies, but have become increasingly familiar in Western societies, especially through the various healing and yogic techniques and exercises associated with them. This book explores subtle-body practices from a variety of perspectives, and includes both studies of these practices in Asian and Western contexts.

The book discusses how subtle-body practices assume a quasi-material level of human existence that is intermediate between conventional concepts of body and mind. Often, this level is conceived of in terms of an invisible structure of channels, associated with the human body, through which flows of quasi-material substance take place. Contributors look at how subtle-body concepts form the basic explanatory structure for a wide range of practices. These include forms of healing, modes of exercise and martial arts as well as religious practices aimed at the refinement and transformation of the human mindbody complex.

By highlighting how subtle-body practices of many kinds have been introduced into Western societies in recent years, the book explores the possibilities for new models of understanding which these concepts open up. It is a useful contribution to studies on Asian Religion and Philosophy.

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This book deals with forms of consciousness at a certain level that seem to be entirely foreign to modern Western science. On the other hand, anyone who has been involved in many of the Eastern spiritual practices, or in Western Occultism, knows what the subtle bodies are about. Once one has grasped these meanings, contemporary cognitive sciences seem downright primitive by comparison. Since science can't seem to get beyond its materialistic perspectives we are all forced to live in debased cultures. It's a beginning, however, for academics to start studying the available material and perhaps over time we may even be able to live in societies based on other than materialistic values. The book is expensive, but worth the cost if you can afford it. I would imagine though that the publisher will come out with a paperback version at some point.
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