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Historical Introduction; Proto Daoism; Classical Daoism; Contemporary Daoism; Identity: Daoism as Chinese religion; Daoism as lineages of transmission; Daoism as universal path; Way; Power; Communication; Body; Qi: The breath of life; Correlation, synchronicity and resonance; Longevity practices; Transcendent bodies; Power: Daoism millenarianism; Daoist messianism; Daoism in contemporary China; Negotiating with destiny; Light: The development of Shangqing Daoism; Light practices; Contemporary visualization practices; Alchemy: Alchemy and the quest for immortality; Laboratory alchemy; Internal alchemy; The Way of Complete Perfection: Transformation; Text; The religious origins and functions of Daoist texts; Transformations of meaning in Daoist texts; Nature: Natural space as sacred space; Marvellous nature; Caverns and texts; A Daoist aesthetic of spontaneity; Glossary of Chinese Terms; Bibliography; Index.

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From T'ai Chi to the Ming Dynasty, this is an engrossing guide to the elusive Chinese tradition of Daoism.

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James Miller is Assistant Professor of East Asian Traditions at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He is the co-editor of Daoism and Ecology (Harvard University Press, ISBN: 9780945454304)and has studied and worked extensively in the Far East.


"Just the introductory text we have been waiting for - thoroughly up-to-date, admirably well written, and with an intelligent, and freshly different, thematic organization." N.J. Girardot - University Distinguish Professor, Lehigh University

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