Louis Komjathy

I am an independent scholar-educator and translator with specific interests in contemplative practice, embodiment, and mystical experience. My research develops a revisionist understanding of Daoism (Taoism) as an indigenous Chinese religious community from the beginning, characterized by an emphasis on cultivating and embodying the Dao 道 (Tao/Way), the sacred and ultimate concern of Daoists. This work includes an explicit critique of the category of “philosophy” as conventionally understood and applied to Daoism, especially as an (unconscious) means of appropriation, domestication and legitimation rooted in colonialist, missionary, and Orientalist legacies.

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