August 6, 2006 at 4:35 am #16255
Received this in the mail in case anyone interested….
Daoism in China
by Wang Yie, translated by Zeng Chuanhui
Daoism is perhaps the least understood of the world¹s major religions.
Although many millions of readers are familiar with one or more of the
seemingly endless translations of the Daodejing (aka Tao Te Ching), most
assume that Daoism refers chiefly to a philosophical school or outlook based
on naturalism and spontaneity. However, Daoism is vastly richer than that,
its roots steeped in many strands of Chinese philosophy, religion, and
folklore, including Buddhism and Confucianism. Indeed, due to several
millennia of cross-influences, these other belief systems, even Chinese
culture itself, cannot be understood without some basic grasp of Daoism.
Here, for the first time, is a concise introduction to the many-faceted
entity that comprises Daoism in China. Beginning with a discussion of
spirituality in early China, it moves on to describe the rise of Daoist
masters, lineages, and sects, and introduces and explains key deities,
temples, and sacred places, as well as Daoism¹s core texts and scriptures.
It concludes with an overview of Daoism in modern China and its
organizations worldwide, and a discussion of the influence of Daoism on
Chinese culture and folk beliefs. Written for the lay reader by a noted
Chinese Daoist scholar, this is an essential text for anyone interested in
Chinese culture or curious about one of the world¹s important belief
Wang Yie is a professor of philosophy, deputy chief of the research section
of the China Taoist Association, and editor of the quarterly publication
China Taoism. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Daoism,
including the History of Taoist Culture in China (1994), and Taoism and
Chinese Art (1997).
208 pp 5 12 x 8 14 Soft
Chinese religion & culture / Daoist studies
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