The Taoist Tradition
In this course we will examine the history, practices, and concepts of Taoism (or Daoism), the "unofficial high religion of China." We begin with the Tao te ching and Chuang tzu, seminal texts for the Taoist tradition. We then read a series of dramatic "revealed" texts to trace the emergence of significant features of Taoism. These include the pantheon of gods and celestial officials, inner alchemy, messianic and apocalyptic thought, and the quest for immortality. We conclude with brief consideration of contemporary Taoism. 3 hrs. lect./disc.