Livia Kohn 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 over 25 books, as well as numerous articles and reviews. Livia 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). Besides English, she is fluent in German, Chinese, and Japanese.
Robin Wang is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian & Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. She received her BA and MA from Peking University, China; MA from University of Notre Dame; and PhD from University of Cardiff, UK. She has been teaching a wide range of courses related to Chinese thought and culture: Classics of Chinese Philosophy, Mind and Body in Daoism, Confucian Thought: Common Good and the Way of Life, Images of Women in Philosophy West and East.
Robin is the author of Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period to the Song Dynasty (Hackett, 2003) as well as three other books. She has conducted a few field researches on the contemporary Daoist nuns in the mountains of China. Currently, she is completing a book manuscript on Yinyang in Chinese Thought and Culture. She has often served as a grant reviewer and prize judge for international institutions and foundations as well as a cultural consultant for museums, law firms, and movie producers