Meet the Speakers
Livia Kohn, Ph. D., graduated from Bonn University, Germany, in 1980. After six years at Kyoto University in Japan, she joined Boston University as Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies in 1988. She has also worked variously as visiting professor and adjunct faculty at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, the Stanford Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, San Francisco State University, and the Taoist College Singapore.
Her specialty is the study of the Daoist religion and Chinese long life practices. She has written and edited 35 books and over 100 articles, as well as translated works from the German, French, Chinese, and Japanese. She retired from active teaching in 2006 and now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, from where she continues to write books, serves as the executive editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies, and manages , the Western voice of Daoism. In addition, she still 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, the latest of which took place at in May 2014.
Her books include Taoist Meditation and Longevity Techniques (1989), Early Chinese Mysticism (1992), God of the Dao (1998), Daoism Handbook (2000), Monastic Life in Medieval Daoism (2003), Cosmos and Community (2004), Daoist Body Cultivation (2006), Meditation Works (2008), Sitting in Oblivion (2010), Daoist Dietetics (2010), A Source Book in Chinese Longevity (2012), and—most recently—Zhuangzi: Text and Context (2014).
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. Most recently, she is a leading facilitator of Core Health and co-author of Core Health: (2012). She has a Facebook presence and can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
Wu Dang Chen
Jeffrey Yuen comes from two Daoist lineages -- Shangqing and Quanzhen traditions. He trained at an early age in all the different facets of Daoism and decided to focus on the healing arts. Mr. Yuen serves as Director of Classical Studies at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina and former Dean of Academic Affairs at the Swedish Institute College of Acupuncture in New York City. He was the first recipient of the "Educator of the Year" award conferred by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). Mr. Yuen was also responsible for the recognition by the U.S. Department of State to acknowledge Daoism as a religion which paved the way for Daoist priests to enter the United States on special visas. He lectures frequently nationally and abroad to colleges and associations of Oriental medicine.
, founder of the Universal Consciousness Festival, comes from a direct line of Wu Dang Daoist priests, a lineage that is over 700 years old and completely unbroken. His gift for making Daoist thought accessible, his desire to share its message of peace and hope, and his open affection for his students have earned him a place as one of the most sought-after Daoist priests and Tai Chi masters in the West.
Master Chen is the president and founder of the President of and President and founder of the Association for Chinese and American Enrichment, Inc., (aka the North American Wu Dang Taoist Association) a not-for-profit organization. He is the deputy director of the Sanfeng Friendship Association, based in Wu Dang, and is the official U.S. representative of Wu Dang for the Wu Dang Taoist Association.