Does anyone know of any reputable Daoist charities? I give money once in a while and would like to find a charity that I could give some money to to help either the establishment of Daoism in North America or restore it in China. I gave some money a few years back to the Taoist Restoration Society, and I understand it went to help some nuns buy a set of Daoist scriptures. But since then that charity seems to have gone under. Do any of you guys doing fieldwork know of any good NGOs?
I bow to fellow travelers on the Way---Cloudwalking Owl
Black Tortoise, Red Raven, the sequel to White Tiger, Green Dragon, follows the courageous pilgrimage of a young woman scholar as she travels the length of the Yangtze River. Scholar Li, the daughter of Tu Ming and Shen Tao, flees a revolution in eastern China and travels west with a caravan of rug merchants. A Taoist intellectual and prodigy, the teenager encounters spiritual masters from unfamiliar traditions during her 1,500-mile expedition toward the foothills of the Himalayas.
7th International Conference on Daoist Studies -- Nanyue (Changsha), June 24-28, 2011
The seventh in a series of major conferences on Daoist studies and modern application, this follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), and Los Angeles (2010).
In a Wall Street Journal blog today, Christopher Carothers asks, “Is Daoism is losing its way?” He writes: Today, Buddhism is regaining its traditional place as the largest religion in Chinese society. Islam is expanding through the growth of Muslim families in the Hui and Uyghur minority ethnic groups. Protestantism and Catholicism are winning new converts all over China and shaking off the old label of “foreign religion.” Daoism, on the other hand, seems to be standing still.
I was in LA last weekend to attend the Sixth Annual Conference on Daoist Studies which was organized by my former teacher, Livia Kohn, and LMU Professor Robin Wang. The conference drew the usual mix of academics and practitioners (which was itself the subject of an interesting meta-analysis by Elijah Siegler). My rationale for attending the conference, however, was that one of its focus themes was religion and ecology.
WESTLICHE TAOISMUS-BIBLIOGRAPHIE (WTB)
Western Bibliography of Taoism
Sixth improved and enlarged edition
Essen (Germany): Verlag Die Blaue Eule, 2010.
Pp.235 - ISBN 978-3-89924-287-4. Price: € 28,00 [D]
This bibliography makes accessible both the older and the most recent publications on Daoism (Taoism) in Western languages and provides a comprehensive survey of the edi¬tions of the texts of the Daoist Classics in those languages. The bibliography lists about 2420 original works and 360 translations.
I was struck by a recent news article featuring an interview with a Daoist monk who spoke of his experience taking part in an American documentary.
“They told me how the overseas market is fascinated with Chinese heritage,” says Yu. “I learned how to get people to revaluate Taoism: Influencing foreigners first and then Chinese people [...]
I’m at the First Summit on Laozi and Daoist Culture, which is taking place this week in Beijing. The Summit is the work of Prof. Hu Fuchen, one of the leading scholars of Daoism, and a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This morning, we had the opening ceremony, which was held in the Great Hall of the People. It was my first time in this magnificent building. The purpose of the conference is basically to promote Daoism throughout China and the World. It is being funded by a wealthy donor, and has received backing at a high level from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Three Pines Press presents:
Beyond the Daode jing, by Friederike Assandri
US$29.95 -- www.threepinespress.com
This book is the first monograph to present early Twofold Mystery (chongxuan) teaching to a Western audience: historical context, protagonists, and major texts, and philosophy, including cosmogony, epistemology, salvation, and the pantheon.