Taoism For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

Learn to:

  • Explore the origins of Taoist philosophy and religion
  • Grasp the multiple interpretations of Taoism today
  • Find out about Taoist practices and customs

The friendly guide to understanding the rich history and modern practice of Taoism!

Exploring the philosophy, practices, and scriptures of one of the world's major religions — and ...

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Overview

Learn to:

  • Explore the origins of Taoist philosophy and religion
  • Grasp the multiple interpretations of Taoism today
  • Find out about Taoist practices and customs

The friendly guide to understanding the rich history and modern practice of Taoism!

Exploring the philosophy, practices, and scriptures of one of the world's major religions — and one of the oldest — Taoism For Dummies provides a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating and influential religious tradition. Whether you're a student of religion or just curious about Taoism, this fun and friendly guide explains in plain English the fundamental concepts of Taoism, explores in depth the origins and multiple interpretations of the religion, and goes into detail about what it means to be a Taoist.

  • Start with Taoism 101 — learn the fundamentals and debunk the main myths about Taoism
  • Follow the evolution of Taoism — find out how Taoism has developed from Classical Taoist philosophy to institutionalized religion to western Taoism
  • Unlock important Taoist concepts — explore the Tao, yin and yang, and wu-wei
  • Learn about the many texts of Taoism — delve into the Tao Te Ching, as well as other texts from the rich body of Taoist scriptures
  • Explore Taoist practices — find out how followers bring Taoism into their daily lives

Open the book and find:

  • The origins of Taoism
  • Taoist attitudes toward life
  • The life and teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
  • Types of Taoism in China and the West today
  • How to understand the Taoist concept of doing everything by doing nothing
  • A look at the Taoist practices of alchemy, meditation, t'ai-chi, and martial arts
  • Advice on acquiring Taoist wisdom
  • Ten common misconceptions about Taoism
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118423981
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 273,640
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Filled with great information about Taoism. Corrects lots of mis

    Filled with great information about Taoism. Corrects lots of misconceptions without making the reader feel stupid.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    I've always found books on Taoism either overly academic and con

    I've always found books on Taoism either overly academic and condescending, or kind of touchy-feely. This Dummies book finally introduces Taoism the right way, not sacrificing the complexity of the subject, but never losing sight that the audience probably doesn't consist of experts. I think I learned something on every page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Excellent, accessible, entertaining intro to Taoism. A really en

    Excellent, accessible, entertaining intro to Taoism. A really enjoyable read.

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    Posted December 12, 2013

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    Sorry Its 5 stars from December 12

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