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. 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 and San Francisco State University.
Her specialty is the study of the Daoist religion and Chinese long life practices. She has written and edited more than 25 books, as well as numerous articles and reviews. She has served on numerous committees and editorial boards, and organized a series of major international conferences on Daoism. She retired from active teaching in 2006 and now lives in Florida, from where she runs various workshops, trips and conferences and serves as the executive editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies.
Her books include "Taoist Meditation and Longevity Techniques" (1989), "Daoist Mystical Philosophy" (1991), "Laughing at the Dao" (1995), "God of the Dao" (1998), "Daoism Handbook" (2000), "Daoism and Chinese Culture" (2001), "Monastic Life in Medieval Daoism" (2003), "Cosmos and Community" (2004), "Daoist Body Cultivation" (2006), as well as "Meditation Works, Chinese Healing Exercises, Introducing Daoism" (2008), and -- most recently -- "Daoist Dietetics" (2010) and "Sitting in Oblivion" (2010).