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Understanding Taoism : Origins. Beliefs. Practices. Holy Texts. Sacred Places - Jennifer Oldstone-Moore

Understanding Taoism

Origins. Beliefs. Practices. Holy Texts. Sacred Places

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This concise, illustrated introduction is an accessible guide to nine key themes of Taoism - including the life of its founding sage Laozi and his teachings, the influential sacred writings of the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi, the concept of wu wei (non interference), the cultivation of simplicity and detachment, the attainment of harmony and the quest for immortality.

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore provides a unique distillation of this highly distinctive tradition, from its origins in ancient China to its place in society today.

About the Author

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore is Assistant Professor at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where she is a member of the departments of Religion and East Asian Studies. She has contributed to a number of publications including China: The Land of the Heavenly Dragon, World Religions: The Illustrated Guide and scholarly journals. She has written and lectured on various aspects of Taoism, especially its legacy in the modern world. Her previous publications include Understanding Confucianism.

Introductionp. 6
Origins and Historical Developmentp. 12
Extract and Commentaryp. 20
Aspects of the Divinep. 22
Extract and Commentaryp. 30
Sacred Textsp. 32
Extract and Commentaryp. 40
Sacred Personsp. 42
Extract and Commentaryp. 50
Ethical Principlesp. 52
Extract and Commentaryp. 60
Sacred Spacep. 62
Extract and Commentaryp. 70
Sacred Timep. 72
Extract and Commentaryp. 82
Death and the Afterlifep. 84
Extract and Commentaryp. 94
Society and Religionp. 96
Extract and Commentaryp. 104
Transliterations Glossaryp. 106
General Bibliographyp. 107
Indexp. 108
Acknowledgments and Picture Creditsp. 112
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ISBN: 9781907486722
ISBN-10: 1907486720
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st June 2011
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.203