Online Course on the History, Development and Practice of Daoism
Posted on 07. Nov, 2010 by Cody Bahir in Links, academy, ALCHEMY, class, course, esoteric, esotericism, online, university
Chinese Mysticism and Alchemy: An Introduction to the Religion of Daoism (Taoism)
Daoism as a religion is perhaps the most widely misunderstood religious tradition in the West. This course aims to familiarize students with the religious tradition of Daoism in all of its complexity and diversity. We begin with an overview of the classical texts of the Yi Jing (I-Ching, the ancient divinatory and philosophical work), the Daode Jing (Tao Te Ching by Laozi (Lao Tzu), the foundational text of Daoism, the title of which gives the tradition its name) and Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu, the second most influential and widely known text of Classical Daoist Philosophy). We then turn our attention to the evolution of Internal Alchemy and Yin Yang-Five Elements Cosmology of the Han and Wei-Jin Dynasty periods and the development of the main Daoist movements such as Tian Shi (Celestial Masters), Shan Qing (Supreme Clarity), Tai Ping (Great Harmony) and Ling Bao (Numinous Treasure); exploring their beliefs, textual traditions, mystical and alchemical practices and history. This course will also cover such topics as Immortality and Transcendence, the Daozang (Daoist Canon), Chinese Alchemy and the relationships between Daoism as a religion to Classical Daoist Philosophy, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion, Shamanism, Mediumship and Mahayana as well as Tantric Buddhism, Daoist talisman creation and Celestial Script in order to provide students with a firm foundation upon which to pursue further study.
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