An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism: The Wisdom of the Sages

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2010 - Religion - 155 pages
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Containing 118 stunning color illustrations, this beautiful book provides an introduction to Taoism, one of the great religious and philosophical movements in Chinese thought. Incorporating selections from J.C. Cooper's writings, it explores the concept of the Tao (Way), the symbolism of Yin-Yang, and the thought of the leading Taoist sages. Also included are sections on Taoist art, the symbolism of plants and animals, the Taoist garden, and the relationship of Taoism with Buddhism and Hinduism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 THE TAO
5
2 TE
12
3 YINYANG
19
4 THE PA KUA
33
5 CHAUANG TZU THE SAGES
41
6 WUWEI
51
7 THE NATURAL
57
9 ART
79
10 SYMBOLISM
96
11 THE TAOIST GARDEN
120
12 TAOSIM HINDUISM
135
13 TAOISM BUDDHISM
141
Illustrations
148
Index
151
Biographical Notes
155

8 THE GREAT TRIAD
67

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About the author (2010)

William Stoddart was born in Carstairs, Scotland in 1925, lived most of his life in London, England, and now lives in Windsor, Ontario. For many years Stoddart was assistant editor of the British journal Studies in Comparative Religion. Stoddart's works include Outline of Hinduism, Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality, and What Does Islam Mean in Today's World? Religion, Politics, Spirituality.

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