Students' Guide

Submitted by James Miller on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 12:56
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On this website you can meet contemporary North American Daoist practitioners and see them recount their experiences as practitioners, popularizers and healers in 21st century North America. Accompanying the video clips are commentary and questions. The object of the commentary is to help you understand the important features of contemporary North American Daoism. The object of the questions is to facilitate an online discussion about the representation, tradition and transmission of Daoism in the West. The questions will ask you to consider

  • What picture of Daoism is conveyed by these practitioners
    How does this picture of Daoism conform to contemporary popular understandings of personal spiritualty?
  • From where do these practitioners derive their authority?
    When people talk about 'the transmission of Daoism to the west' what actually is taking place?

Your teacher may also have asked you to consider specific questions or contribute to particular threads on the discussion pages. Through the discussion pages you can contribute to an ongoing academic dialogue about American Daoist Cultivation, and you can respond to questions posed by others or start new threads. You don't need to log in or register to make a post, but you're free to do so if you want to use a unique identifier.