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By Ronnie L. Littlejohn

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the best way that may be informed isn't the everlasting approach; the identify that may be named isn't the everlasting Name.' So starts the 1st verse of the mysterious Dao De Jing, starting place textual content of the traditional chinese language faith of Daoism. usually attributed to semi-mythical sage Laozi, the origins of this enigmatic record - which most likely got here into being within the 3rd century BCE - are literally unknown. however the tenets of Daoism laid down within the Dao De Jing, and in later texts just like the Yi Jing (or 'Book of Changes'), proceed to exert substantial fascination, relatively within the West, the place lately they've been popularised by means of writers comparable to the novelist Ursula ok LeGuin. during this clean and interesting advent to Daoism, Ronnie L Littlejohn discusses the important aspects of a practice which could occasionally look as elusive because the slippery concept of ‘Dao’ itself. the writer indicates that basic to Daoism is the thought of ‘Wu-wei’, or non-action: a paradoxical proposal emphasising alignment of the self with the concord of the universe, a universe in continuous flux and alter. This flux is expressed through the recognized image of Dao, the ‘taiji’ representing yin and yang without end correlating within the type of a harmonious circle. Exploring the nice subtleties of this historical faith, Littlejohn lines its improvement and encounters with Buddhism; its expression in paintings and literature; its struggle for survival throughout the Cultural Revolution; and its manifestations in modern day China and beyond.

'A marvellously exact and hugely readable historical past of Daoist faith and tradition. The ebook additionally provides a wealth of knowledge on how Daoism has formed chinese language philosophy, politics and paintings in the course of the centuries. A must-read for a person who wishes a fuller appreciation of chinese language heritage, and hugely suggested for introductory periods on chinese language religions.' - James Miller, affiliate Professor of chinese language Religions, Queen's college, Ontario, Canada

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