by Avraham Cohen
Alison Pryer, PhD, author of Embodied Wisdom: Meditations on Memoir and Education, wrote about Dr. Cohen’s second edition of Gateway to the Dao-field:
Becoming Fully Human Within Educational Environments: Inner Life, Relationship, and Learning is a subtle, complex, deft, yet highly readable, exploration of pedagogy. This unique and perceptive book explores the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of contemporary educational practice from a Daoist perspective. Cohen’s approach embodies and evokes the very tradition with which he engages his topic. The book’s organic structure allows him to fluidly navigate from philosophical musings to autobiographical narrative to the voices of his students and then on to practical case studies in a profoundly ecological way. With uncommon grace and a deep understanding of the classroom as a “guesthouse,” Cohen’s work opens a doorway to a true experience of pedagogical hospitality, a hospitality that affords different kinds of educational relationships and dynamics in the context of educational community. I highly recommend this book to all educators who care deeply about the heart dimension in teaching and learning, and to those who may be seeking a radical revisioning of their practice.
paperback: 213 pages
cost: $24.99 plus shipping and GST
The ebook is available through Amazon for $9.99.