Daoism and Daoist Studies

Submitted by James Miller on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:31
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What is Daoism?

Daoism, also known as Taoism, is an organised religious tradition that has been continuously developing and transforming itself through China, Korea and Japan for some two thousand years. Now it has spread around the globe from Sydney to Toronto and includes among its followers people from a whole range of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Day by day, Daoism is truly becoming a world religion, but as it does so, it seems to resist being pinned down in neat categories. Not many people know what Daoism is, and when people do have an understanding of it, often it is quite different from someone else's. One reason for this is that the history of Daoism is one of continuous change and reinvention, rather than one of linear progress or development. Daoism has no single founder, such as Jesus or the Buddha, nor does it have a single key message, such as the gospel or the four noble truths. Rather Daoism bears witness to a history of continuous self-invention within a vast diversity of environmental contexts.

What is the Daoist Studies Website?

The Daoist Studies website is a portal designed to assist researchers and scholars of Daoism, practitioners, and interested members of the public in furthering knowledge about Daoism. It is not affiliated with, nor does it represent any religious institution. The website features an extensive bibliography of secondary sources as well as links to collections of Daoist texts including the an index to the Daozang 道臧 and PDF facsimiles of the Zangwai Daoshu 臧外道書 and other e-texts. Follow this link to learn more about what is on the website. I encourage you to register with the website so that you can

  • post notices of new books, conferences, reviews and jobs
  • add items to the bibliography and, by visiting your profile, you can associate yourself with items in the bibliography list
  • view the profiles of users and communicate with them
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Announcing a fantastic new resource for environmental philosophy, shortly to be published by SUNY press. There is a great section on China including new essays by scholars working on Daoism and Confucianism. Check out the publisher’s page here. Table of Contents Preface Introduction Section I: Environmental Philosophy in Indian Traditions of Thought 1. George Alfred James,…

Reflections from The Way: Selected Essays

Submitted by goussevm on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 12:42
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Goussev, M. (2013).  Reflections from The Way: Selected Essays.

REFLECTIONS FROM THE WAY is a collection of personal essays by Mikhail Goussev previously published  in Wharton Journal, Qi Journal, A Journal of Russian Thought and other publications over the course of fifteen years. 

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Submitted by goussevm on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 12:30
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The Tao of Dow

Submitted by goussevm on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 12:26
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Goussev, M. (2006).  The Tao of Dow. Symposion: A Journal of Russian Thought (Vol.13, 2008, ISSN: 1521-2149, Charles Schlacks Jr. Publisher).. 13,

“East meets West” has become a popular slogan nowadays reflecting the reality that many aspects of the Eastern cultures, particularly from China, Japan and India, have occupied a permanent place in our vocabulary and lives. Chinese restaurants, acupuncture, karaoke, yoga, Tai Chi & meditation, as well as “Made in China” labels are a few examples of such integration of the East into the West.

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 Anatomy of Change: Millennia Old Model For Navigating Change and Uncertainty
Goussev, M. (2012).  Anatomy of Change: Millennia Old Model For Navigating Change and Uncertainty. (Motoyama, Hiroshi, Newby-Fraser, Elizabeth, Storch, Tanya, Ed.).

“Everything in the universe, from human relationships to high energy particle interactions is participating in a ceaseless process of change guided by simple, yet universal patterns. From the beginning of philosophical thought in ancient China, nearly 4000 years ago through current research in physics and molecular biology, one basic question is being posed: How do phenomena change?” (Phillips, 1992)

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