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Taoism For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-42396-7
Paperback
384 pages
June 2013
US $19.99 Add to Cart
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 It? 135

Chapter 9: Doing Everything by Doing Nothing 157

Chapter 10: For Every Yin, There Is an Equal and Opposite Yang 177

Chapter 11: Blue Heaven, Yellow Heaven: The Belief in a New Age 193

Chapter 12: Writing What Can’t Be Spoken: The Many Texts of 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 of Alchemy 259

Chapter 16: Martial, Gymnastic, and Healing Arts: T’ai-chi and 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 Wisdom 315

Chapter 20: Ten Places to See Taoist Stuff Happening Today 323

Part VI: Appendixes  331

Appendix A: Glossary 333

Appendix B: Resources 347

Appendix C: Pronunciation Guide 353

Index  357

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