Review

Taoist Buildings

Submitted by Komjathy on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 20:24
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TAOIST BUILDINGS. By Qiao Yun. Translated by Zhou Wenzheng. Wien, Austria: Springer-Verlag Wien New York, 2001. Pp. 181; 157 illustrations; appendices; maps; glossary. Cloth, €100 (approx. $120.00), ISBN 3-211-83010-3.

 

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THE ASPIRATIONS AND STANDARDS OF TAOIST PRIESTS IN THE EARLY T'ANG PERIOD. By Florian C. Reiter. Asien- und Afrika-Studien 1 der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1998. Pp. viii + 241; glossary; index. Cloth, DM 140, ISSN 0948-9798/ISBN 3-447-04086-6.

 

A Companion to Angus C. Graham's Chuang Tzu

Submitted by James Miller on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 20:23
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A COMPANION TO ANGUS C. GRAHAM’S CHUANG TZU. Edited by Harold D. Roth. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Monograph No. 20. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2003. Pp. x + 241. Paper, $18.00, ISBN 0-8248-2643-4.

 

Edited by Harold D. Roth, the present volume is a collection of articles by Angus C. Graham (1919-1991), which were published in academic journals or in now out-of-print books. A Companion to Angus C. Graham’s Chuang Tzu consists of the following articles: (1) Textual Notes to Chuang Tzu: The Inner Chapters; (2) How Much of Chuang Tzu Did Chuang Tzu Write?; (3) Chuang Tzu’s Essay on Seeing Things as Equal; (4) Two Notes on the Translation of Taoist Classics; (5) Taoist Spontaneity and the Dichotomy of “Is” and “Ought.” The book concludes with a colophon by Roth, which attempts to analyze and appraise Graham’s scholarship, and a bibliography of Graham’s publications. 

 

Those who knew Angus C. Graham (“A.C. Graham”) developed a deep respect and affection for the man, as Graham is said by Henry Rosemont, Jr. (who wrote the preface for this book) to have had for the Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi). Like the editor of the volume under review, I met Graham when I studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), immediately feeling a strong sense of affinity with him. And, like Graham, I not only have a profound love of the Chuang Tzu, but I also translated this unique work which has had such an enormous influence on Chinese culture for the past two millennia and more. The first book I published was Experimental Essays on Chuang Tzu (University of Hawaii Press, 1983), and Graham was kind enough to contribute a brilliant paper entitled “Taoist Spontaneity and the Dichotomy of ‘Is’ and ‘Ought,’” which now forms chapter five of the present volume. Thus, Angus Graham and I shared a lot in common when it comes to the Chuang Tzu, but we also had a very different approach to the text.

The Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to the Daozang

Submitted by Komjathy on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 20:22
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The Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to the Daozang (Daozang tongkao 道藏通考). Edited by Kristofer Schipper and Franciscus Verellen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004 (2005). 3 vols. Pp.  xix + 1637; illustrations; indexes. Cloth, $175.00, ISBN 0-226-73817-5.

 

Chinese Magical Medicine

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CHINESE MAGICAL MEDICINE. By Michel Strickmann. Edited by Bernard Faure. Monographs in Asian Religions and Cultures. Edited by Carl Bielefeldt and Bernard Faure. Stanford: Stanford University, 2002. Pp. xii + 418; illustrations. Clothbound, $65.00, ISBN 0-8047-3449-6; paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-8047-3940-4.

 

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HUANG DI NEI JING SU WEN: NATURE, KNOWLEDGE, IMAGERY IN AN ANCIENT CHINESE MEDICAL TEXT. By Paul U. Unschuld. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Pp. xii + 519; illustrations; appendix; index. Cloth, $75.00, ISBN 0-520-23322-0.

Westliche Taoismus-Bibliographie

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WESTLICHE TAOISMUS-BIBLIOGRAPHIE (WTB)/WESTERN BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TAOISM. By Knut Walf. Essen, Germany: Verlag Die Blaue Eule, 2003. 5th rev. ed. Pp. 209. Paper, €24.00, ISBN 3-89924-020-0.

Beyond Tantra: Healing Through Taoist Sacred Sex

Submitted by LvKohn on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 12:48
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Wik, Mieke, and Stephan Wik. 2005. Beyond Tantra: Healing through Taoist Sacred Sex. Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press. Bibliography, glossary of main terms; 154 pages; ISBN 1-84409-063-9; $ 18.95

History of Chinese Daoism

Submitted by Baldrian Farzeen on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 12:47
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HISTORY OF CHINESE DAOISM Volume I. Translated by David C. Yu. Lanham (MD): University Press of America, 2000. Pp. xxii + 611; glossary, appendixes, bibliography. Cloth, $62.00, ISBN 0-7618-1868-5.

The Penumbra Unbound

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THE PENUMBRA UNBOUND: THE NEO-TAOIST PHILOSOPHY OF GUO XIANG. By Brook Ziporyn. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003. Pp. 186; appendices; elementary index; no Chinese characters. Cloth, $68.50, ISBN 0-7914-5661-7; paper, $22.95, ISBN 0-7914-5662-5.

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