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Early Daoist Scriptures (Daoist Classics, No 1) Paperback – 29 Jun 1999
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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 Included are translations from the earliest Daoist commentary to Laozi's "Daode jing" (Tao Te Ching); historical documents relating the history of the early Daoist church; a petitioning ritual used to free believers from complaints brought against them by the dead; and two complete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.See all Product description
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
Good book, but not for an introduction to Taoism
30 March 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
21 people found this helpful.
I have sat through 2 lectures of Prof. Bokenkamp and found that his knowledge of Eastern thought has followed through in this book. Though not for a person looking for an introduction into Taoist thought, this book is informative in the fact that it has content I have not found in other books. Also, the book is written more for a western audience, which isnt necessarily bad, but Prof. Bokenkamp has taken some liberties with the English language that may have been better kept in Chinese context. For those with a background in Taoism, I recommend this book. Others might want to try the Tao Te Ching first to gain insight into what Taoism is about.
29 October 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderful introduction to the religious Daoism tradition. Sincere gratitude to the author's onerous translation work.
Im still reading this one....
9 September 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This is a very good book and has A LOT of material for a deep study of Daoism as a religion. Will be very useful for those who take this beautiful and ancient Path seriously.
22 July 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
lOTS OF INFORMATION ON SANGQING.LINGBAO AND CLESTIAL MASTERS
Marylou L. Anderson
easy to get into
31 May 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
This is a well laid out and practical guide to discovering the scriptures. I highly recommend it to all beginners of the practice.