Taoism: The Enduring Tradition

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Psychology Press, 2004 - 282 páginas

This clear and reliable introduction to Taoism (also known as Daoism) brings a fresh dimension to a tradition that has found a natural place in Western society. Examining Taoist sacred texts together with current scholarship, it surveys Taoism's ancient roots, contemporary heritage and role in daily life.
From Taoism's spiritual philosophy to its practical perspectives on life and death, self-cultivation, morality, society, leadership and gender, Russell Kirkland's essential guide reveals the real contexts behind concepts such as Feng Shui and Tai Chi.

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UNDERSTANDING TAOISM
1
fact tradition and selfidentification
6
a taxonomic approach
8
THE CLASSICAL LEGACY
20
The useless words of Chuang Chou
33
the Neiyeh
39
the Tao te ching
52
What Taoists inherited from classical texts
67
Old currents new channels
102
Life in the tideways
110
THE SOCIOPOLITICAL MATRIX OF TAOISM
116
Literati Taoism
120
data interpretation and issues
126
Women in Taoist history
135
Taoists and dynasts
144
THE CULTIVATED LIFE
172

THE COURSE OF THE TAOIST TRADITION
74
the Han dynasty
76
Southerly currents
85
Northerly currents
89
the Tang dynasty
92
The damming of the Tao?
97
Cultivating reality
190
CONCLUSION
211
NOTES
218
REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
INDEX
269
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Página 257 - The Last Taoist Grand Master at the T'ang Imperial Court: Li Han-kuang and T'ang Hsiian-tsung.
Página 253 - Journal of Chinese Religions 12: 19-32. 1986a. "Reflections on a Metal Mother: Tu Kuang-t'ing's Biography of Hsi-wang-mu." Journal of Chinese Religions 13/14: 127-42. 1986b. "Performers and Female Taoist Adepts: Hsi Wang Mu as Patron Deity of Women in T'ang China.
Página 267 - The Poetry and Career of Li Po. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1950. Related Studies Eide, Elling. "On Li Po," in Perspectives on the T'ang, Arthur Wright and Denis Twitchett, eds.

Acerca del autor (2004)

Russell Kirkland is Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at the University of Georgia. He is a member of the executive board of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, and of the board of directors of the U.S. Taoist Association. He has been writing on Taoism for over twenty years.

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