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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (29 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520219317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520219311
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.3 x 22.4 cm
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"A diligent search of previous scholarship would turn up much of this information, but it heretofore has not been gathered together in a single volume and never with the immediacy of the Daoists' own words. This book will surely lead to a greater understanding of Daoism among Sinologists and scholars of religion."--Terry Kleeman, "Journal of Asian Studies


Introducing the reader to ancient scriptures, this work provides a systematic and accesible overview of Daoism (c. 2nd-6th centuries). Representative works from each of the principle Daoist traditions comprise the basic structure of the book, with each chapter accompanied by an introduction that places the material within an historical context. Included are translations from the earliest Daoist commentary to Laozi's "Daode jing" (Tao Te Ching); historical documents relating the history of the early Daoist church; a petitioning ritual used to free believers from complaints brought against them by the dead; and two complete scriptures, one on individual meditation practice and another designed to rescue humanity from the terrors of hell through recitation of its powerful charms. In addition, Bokenkamp elucidates the connections Daoism holds with other schools of thought, particularly Confucianism and Buddhism.

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