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Taoism

  • Taoist Ritual and Popular Cults of Southeast Chinaby Kenneth Dean

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 38.00

    Most commentators imagine contemporary China to be monolithic, atheistic, and materialist, and wholly divorced from its earlier customs, but Kenneth Dean combines evidence from historical texts and extensive fieldwork to reveal an entirely different picture. Since 1979, when the Chinese government relaxed some of its most stringent controls on religion,... more...

  • Sacred Mountainsby Allerd Stikker; Rosa Vitalie

    Bene Factum Publishing 2014; US$ 18.94

    Allerd Stikker witnessed and actively participated in the Daoist resurgence, together with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Strikker shares his fascination for Daoism, and explains how nature conservation is deeply rooted in its philosophy and practice. He tells the story of his cooperation with ARC in assisting Daoist masters to build... more...

  • Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches - TianGan DiZhiby Zhongxian Wu; Karin Taylor Wu

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014; US$ 65.00

    A detailed explanation of the building blocks of Chinese metaphysics, the 22 Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches upon which Chinese medicine, astrology and FengShui are based. Poetic descriptions dating from the Song dynasty give the reader a deep understanding of the meaning of each and of their interrelationships. more...

  • XinYi WuDaoby Zhongxian Wu; Zhao ShouRong

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014; US$ 35.00

    The author reveals the spirit of classical Chinese martial arts through instruction of hitherto secret internal practices from the Dai Family Style XinYi Martial Arts in this ground-breaking book. Exploring the connection between Daoist numerology, internal alchemy and the spirit of martial power, it offers guidance to strengthen inner cultivation. more...

  • The Resurrected Skeletonby Wilt L. Idema

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 49.99

    The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (369–286 B.C.E.) encountered a skull that later in a dream praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with poets in the second and third centuries and found renewed significance with the founders of Quanzhen Daoism. These philosophers turned the skull into a skeleton, a metonym... more...

  • Tao - A New Way of Thinkingby Chung-yuan Chang

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2013; US$ 19.95

    This translation reveals the true wisdom and beauty of the Tao Tę Ching and the accompanying introduction and commentaries make its meaning accessible, without any reduction of the complex thought within its pages. Chung-yuan Chang places the text in the context of Western metaphysics, making reference to many Western philosophers. more...

  • A Voluntary Exileby Anthony E. Clark

    Lehigh University Press 2013; US$ 74.99

    Western missionaries in China often considered themselves ?voluntary exiles? in a distant land, while Chinese considered Christians either the demons of imperialism or the angels of modernization. This collection of new research provides insights into attempts to bridge the social and religious divide that separated China and the West, and serves... more...

  • An Introduction to Daoist Philosophiesby Steve Coutinho

    Columbia University Press 2013; US$ 24.99

    Steve Coutinho explores in detail the fundamental concepts of Daoist thought as represented in three early texts: the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Readers interested in philosophy yet unfamiliar with Daoism will gain a comprehensive understanding of these works from this analysis, and readers fascinated by ancient China who also wish to grasp... more...

  • The Complete Works of Zhuangziby Burton Watson

    Columbia University Press 2013; US$ 49.99

    Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is Daoist philosophy?s central tenet, espoused by the person—or group of people—known as Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.E.) in a text by the same name. To be free, individuals must discard rigid distinctions... more...

  • Religion and Biography in China and Tibetby Benjamin Penny

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    This volume analyses biographies as texts, taking seriously the literary turn in historical and religious studies and applying some of its insights to an understudied but central corpus of material in Chinese and Tibetan religion. more...