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Taoism for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Navigating the World of Taoism 7 Chapter 1: An Introduction to Taoism 9 Chapter 2: What Is Taoism? 19 Chapter 3: Don?t Believe Everything You Think 31 Part II: Looking At the Development of Taoism 45 Chapter 4: Classical Taoist Philosophy 47 Chapter 5: The Development of Institutional Taoism 73 Chapter 6: Types of Taoism in China Today 91 Chapter 7: Go West, Old Tao, Go West 109 Part III: Examining Important Taoist Concepts 133 Chapter 8: What Is the Tao, and What Does It Mean to Follow It? 135 Chapter 9: Doing Everything by Doing Nothing 157 Chapter 10: For Every Yin, There Is an Equal and Opposite Yang 177 Chapter 11: Blue Heaven, Yellow Heaven: The Belief in a New Age 193 Chapter 12: Writing What Can?t Be Spoken: The Many Texts of Taoism 207 Part IV: Exploring Taoist Practices 225 Chapter 13: Remembering to Keep Forgetting 227 Chapter 14: Seeking the Path to Immortality 241 Chapter 15: Internal Cultivation through the Discipline of Alchemy 259 Chapter 16: Martial, Gymnastic, and Healing Arts: T?ai-chi and Ch?i-kung 277 Chapter 17: Cosmic Renewal and Other Rituals 291 Part V: The Part of Tens 305 Chapter 18: Ten Common Misconceptions about Taoism 307 Chapter 19: Ten Bits of Advice for Acquiring Taoist Wisdom 315 Chapter 20: Ten Places to See Taoist Stuff Happening Today 323 Part VI: Appendixes 331 Appendix A: Glossary 333 Appendix B: Resources 347 Appendix C: Pronunciation Guide 353 Index 357

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Jonathan Herman , PhD, is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he teaches courses in Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, world religions, comparative mysticism, and critical theory in the study of religion. He has written extensively on various aspects of Taoism, Chinese religion, and modern religious issues.

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