Taoism The Enduring Tradition

ISBN-10: 0415263220
ISBN-13: 9780415263221
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Foreword
Preface
Understanding Taoism Realities, Constructs, and Hermeneutical Challenges
What "Taoism" is: Fact, Tradition, and Self-Identification
The Classical Legacy
Taoism and 'The Hundred Schools'
The 'Useless Words' of Chuang Chou
Cultivating Life's Subtle Forces: The Nei-Yeh
From 'The Elders' of Ch'u to the Chi-hsia Academy: The Tao Te Ching
What Taoists Inherited from Classical Times
The Course of the Taoist Tradition
Wellsprings
Southerly Currents
Northerly Currents
The High-Water Mark
The Damming of the Tao?
Old Currents, New Channels
Life in the Tideways
The Socio-Political Matrix of Taoism
'Literati Taoism'
Women in Taoism: Data, Interpretation, and Issues
Women in Taoist History
Taoists and Dynasts
The Cultivated Life
Life, Death, and 'Transcendence'
Cultivating Reality
Conclusion
Works Cited
Index

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