Taoism For Dummies

Taoism For Dummies

by Jonathan Herman


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Taoism For Dummies by Jonathan Herman

The definitive guide to understanding Taoism—no matteryour background or faith

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is the second most translated bookin the world, and the practice of religious Taoism is on the risein China, where adherents currently number in the hundreds ofmillions. Yet there remains a remarkable lack of reliableinformation about Taoism for curious westerners. Taoism ForDummies provides comprehensive coverage of Taoism's origins inChina's Chou Dynasty, its underlying quietist principles, itsemergence as a major religion, various interpretation of its coretexts, including both Eastern and Western interpretations, keyTaoist concepts, and much more. It also provides a fascinatingglimpse of Taoism in contemporary China.

  • The ideal guide for readers interested in this influentialreligion, as well as those taking an introductory course on Taoismor Chinese Religion
  • A valuable source of insight for those with an interest inmodern Chinese culture and beliefs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118423967
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/24/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 503,053
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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 It35

Chapter 9: Doing Everything by Doing Nothing 157

Chapter 10: For Every Yin, There Is an Equal and Opposite Yang177

Chapter 11: Blue Heaven, Yellow Heaven: The Belief in a New Age193

Chapter 12: Writing What Can’t Be Spoken: The Many Textsof 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 ofAlchemy 259

Chapter 16: Martial, Gymnastic, and Healing Arts: T’ai-chiand 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 Wisdom315

Chapter 20: Ten Places to See Taoist Stuff Happening Today323

Part VI: Appendixes  331

Appendix A: Glossary 333

Appendix B: Resources 347

Appendix C: Pronunciation Guide 353

Index  357

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Taoism For Dummies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled with great information about Taoism. Corrects lots of misconceptions without making the reader feel stupid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, accessible, entertaining intro to Taoism. A really enjoyable read.
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