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Daoism: A Beginner's Guide
£9.99

DAOISM: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

PAPERBACK BY MILLER, JAMES

£9.99

ISBN
9781851685660
IMPRINT
ONEWORLD PUBLICATIONS
 
 
EDITION
REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
ONEWORLD PUBLICATIONS
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
192 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
09 JAN 2008

DESCRIPTION

Spanning the centuries and crossing the globe, this engaging introduction covers everything Daoist, from the religion of the ancients to 21st century T'ai Chi and meditation. Complete with a timeline of Daoist history and a full glossary, Daoism: A Beginner's Guide will prove invaluable not only to students, but also to general readers who wish to learn more about the origins and nature of a profound tradition, and about its role and relevance in our fast-moving 21st century existence.

CONTENTS

Historical Introduction; Proto Daoism; Classical Daoism; Contemporary Daoism; Identity: Daoism as Chinese religion; Daoism as lineages of transmission; Daoism as universal path; Way; Power; Communication; Body; Qi: The breath of life; Correlation, synchronicity and resonance; Longevity practices; Transcendent bodies; Power: Daoism millenarianism; Daoist messianism; Daoism in contemporary China; Negotiating with destiny; Light: The development of Shangqing Daoism; Light practices; Contemporary visualization practices; Alchemy: Alchemy and the quest for immortality; Laboratory alchemy; Internal alchemy; The Way of Complete Perfection: Transformation; Text; The religious origins and functions of Daoist texts; Transformations of meaning in Daoist texts; Nature: Natural space as sacred space; Marvellous nature; Caverns and texts; A Daoist aesthetic of spontaneity; Glossary of Chinese Terms; Bibliography; Index.