Daoism and Daoist Studies

Submitted by James Miller on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:31
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What is Daoism?

Daoism, also known as Taoism, is an organised religious tradition that has been continuously developing and transforming itself through China, Korea and Japan for some two thousand years. Now it has spread around the globe from Sydney to Toronto and includes among its followers people from a whole range of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Day by day, Daoism is truly becoming a world religion, but as it does so, it seems to resist being pinned down in neat categories. Not many people know what Daoism is, and when people do have an understanding of it, often it is quite different from someone else's. One reason for this is that the history of Daoism is one of continuous change and reinvention, rather than one of linear progress or development. Daoism has no single founder, such as Jesus or the Buddha, nor does it have a single key message, such as the gospel or the four noble truths. Rather Daoism bears witness to a history of continuous self-invention within a vast diversity of environmental contexts.

What is the Daoist Studies Website?

The Daoist Studies website is a portal designed to assist researchers and scholars of Daoism, practitioners, and interested members of the public in furthering knowledge about Daoism. It is not affiliated with, nor does it represent any religious institution. The website features an extensive bibliography of secondary sources as well as links to collections of Daoist texts including the an index to the Daozang 道臧 and PDF facsimiles of the Zangwai Daoshu 臧外道書 and other e-texts. Follow this link to learn more about what is on the website. I encourage you to register with the website so that you can

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  • view the profiles of users and communicate with them
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Annotated Bibliography on Buddho-Daoism

Submitted by LvKohn on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:26
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Please see attached for a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of Western studies on the interaction of Daoism and Buddhism. It is arranged by categories, both substantial and chronological.

New book on Daoist Cultivation

Submitted by LvKohn on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:23
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 Tao of Sustainability: Cultivate Yourself to Heal the Earth

 by Gregory Ripley

220 pages, paperback, fully illustrated, January 2016, ISBN 978-1-931483-31-5, US $34.95; PREPUBLICATION SPECIAL $27.50


Question on Mengzi and 真人

Submitted by Lonny Jarrett on Sun, 02/01/2015 - 16:51
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Hello Friends, I know this is a question on a Confucian text but I have no similar resource and the area of interest is significantly overlapping. Any insight is appreciated! And thank you in advance.-Lonny Jarrett

 In Mengzi (71: Chinese text project) we are given a hierarchy on the cultivation of goodness (善) all the way through divinity (神). At the end of this discourse Mengzi informs us that the fellow Yuezhengzi 樂正子 has cultivate himself between the 2nd and 3rd level: 

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The monumental task that China faces in the 21st century is to create a way of development that does not destroy the ecological foundations for the life and livelihood of its 1.4 billion citizens. This requires a creative leap beyond the Enlightenment mentality and the Western model of industrialization. Can China’s cultural traditions, its religious…

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