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DR. STEPHEN ESKILDSEN has a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia (1994). His specialty is Taoist religion. He has been teaching at UTC since 1998. Since coming to UTC he has published two books with SUNY Press, Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion and The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters.  He has presented papers in China, Austria, and Canada, as well as the United States. He is currently working on a new book manuscript with the tentative title “From the Old Master to the Dragon Gate: The Sensory and Physical Phenomena of Taoist Meditation”. Courses taught include Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Mysticism East and West, and Religions of the East.