by Jennifer Oldstone-Moore - £6.99 Watkins Publishing (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781907486722 | ISBN 10: 1907486720
Taoism is a religious tradition that has taken a variety of forms, including philosophical speculations, esoteric rituals and disciplines of personal cultivation. At the heart of this diversity is the Tao, or Way – the source of all creation and the inexorable pattern of change by which the universe comes into being. Taoism emphasizes the need for us to act in accordance with the Tao, to move with rather than against the grain of nature. When we do this, we can attain personal tranquility, enhanced health and, for a few, perhaps even the means to vanquish death.
This concise, illustrated introduction is an accessible guide to nine key themes of Taoism – including the life of its founding sage Laozi and his teachings, the influential sacred writings of the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi, the concept of wu wei (non interference), the cultivation of simplicity and detachment, the attainment of harmony and the quest for immortality. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore provides a unique distillation of this highly distinctive tradition, from its origins in ancient China to its place in society today.
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