Taoism and Mysticism


Explores the mystical tradition that runs through the Taoist school of Chinese thought and practice from ancient times to the present, concentrating on early Taoist texts and their commentaries (from ca. 400 BCE-ca. 700 CE.) in English-language translation. The discovery in recent decades of previously unknown texts and new versions of received texts now makes possible the delineation of a coherent history of early Taoist practices of self-cultivation, mystical transcendence, and the application of mystical insights to daily life and even to government, as well as cosmological, ontological, epistemological and other facets of associated modes of thought. One course.

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