Jonathan Herman, PhD, is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he teaches courses in Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, world religions, comparative mysticism, and critical theory in the study of religion. He has written extensively on various aspects of Taoism, Chinese religion, and modern religious issues.
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
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