Daoism

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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Daoism is one of the great philosophical and religious traditions that grew and flowered in China. Unlike the great Western religions, Daoism has no one God or even a founding prophet. One of its central beliefs is that each person must follow his or her own path to the Dao, or "Way of Life." By being so universal and yet so personal, Daoism has exerted a significant influence on the spiritual life of many cultures both in Asia and throughout the world. Daoism, Third Edition traces the progress of Daoist thought, from the great Daodejing, or "The Book of the Way and Its Power" by Laozi, to the contemporary Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra. This revised edition also examines the restoration of Daoism under China's religious freedom clause, the slow rebirth of Daoist monasticism, renewed interest in Daoism in China and abroad, and the impact of tourism on the monastic tradition.

Coverage includes:
  • Meditation and the concept of wuwei
  • Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism
  • The growth and spread of religious Daoism
  • Art and literature within Daoism
  • Political turbulence in the 20th century.
 

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Contents

Preface
6
Introduction The Modern Daoist World
8
The Origins and Early History of Daoism
18
The Growth and Spread of Daoism
38
The Scriptures and Beliefs of Daoism
66
Ritual and Meditation
86
The Dao and the Arts
108
Daoism Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
122
Fact File and Bibliography
138
Further Reading and Web Sites
139
Glossary
140
Index
141
About the Author and Series Editors
144
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About the author (2009)

Paula R. Hartz was a teacher and a textbook editor, and specialized in writing nonfiction and educational materials for elementary and secondary school students. She wrote the latest editions of Baha'i Faith, Native American Religions, Shinto, and Zoroastrianism, all from Chelsea House's World Religions set.

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