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BASIC RESOURCES FOR DAOIST STUDIES

 

This page provides basic resources for deepening one’s understanding of Daoism. It contains accurate and reliable English-language articles and related material originally posted here, reprinted from previous publications, as well as links to other relevant online resources. Note that some materials come from otherwise unreliable popular websites and that some of the translations are not the most accurate. However, they do provide a glimpse into the original Chinese texts. We welcome contributions and suggestions for additional resources from scholars and historians of Daoism. This includes previously published articles in PDF form.

 

An Introduction to Taoism. By Fabrizio Pregadio.

 

An Introduction to Taoist Alchemy. By Fabrizio Pregadio.

 

A Short History of Daoism. By James Miller.

 

Basic Information Sheet on Daoism. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on March 12, 2010.

 

Chinese Dynasties and Historical Periods. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on April 1, 2005.

 

Chronology of Daoist History. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on April 15, 2005. Updated on December 15, 2007.

 

Common Misconceptions about Daoism. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on March 12, 2010.

 

Comparison of Twenty-nine Daode jing Translations. St. Xenophon Library.

 

Daoism and Chinese Culture. By Livia Kohn.

 

Daoism and Ecology. By James Miller.

 

Daoism and the Arts of China. By the Art Institute of Chicago (Stephen Little).

 

Daoism or Taoism? By James Miller.

 

Daoist Faith Statement. By the Chinese Daoist Association.

 

Daoism FAQ Sheet. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on November 1, 2013.

 

Daoist Personages. Center for Daoist Studies.

 

Daoist Sacred Sites. Center for Daoist Studies.

 

Developing Clarity and Stillness: The Scripture for Daily Internal Practice. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on February 1, 2004. Originally published in The Dragon's Mouth Winter 2002/2003: 9-13.

 

Early Photographs of Daoist Sites and Practices. Compiled by Thomas Hahn.

 

Foundational Reading. By Louis Komjathy and Kate Townsend. Posted on September 15, 2003.

 

Guru Ratings. By Swami Deva Sarlo.

 

Internet Text Archive: Taoism. By John B. Hare.

 

Introduction to Daoism in China. By the Chinese Daoist Association.

 

Models of Daoist Practice and Attainment. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on June 1, 2008.

 

On the Word “Taoist” as a Source of Perplexity. By Nathan Sivin.

 

Periodization of Daoist History. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on June 1, 2008.

 

Review of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Taoism. By Louis Komjathy. Posted on June 1, 2008.

 

Sacred Mountains and Sites of China. By Thomas Hahn.

 

Taoism. By Fabrizio Pregadio.

 

Taoism FAQ. By Stephen Bokenkamp.

 

Taoism (Encyclopedia Britannica). By Anna Seidel and Michel Strickmann.

 

The Oriental Monk in American Popular Culture. By Jane Naomi Iwamura.

 

The Taoism of the Western Imagination and the Taoism of China. By Russell Kirkland.

 

The Taoist Tradition: A Historical Outline. By Russell Kirkland.

 

Translation of the Daode jing 道德經. (1955). By Raymond Blakney.

 

Translation of the Daode jing 道德經. (1948). By Lin Yutang.

 

Translation of the Daode jing 道德經. (2004). By Charles Muller.

 

Translation of the Guanzi 管子 (Book of Master Guan). By W. Allyn Rickett.

 

Translation of the Liezi  烈子 (Book of Master Lie). By Lionel Giles.

 

Translation of the Neiye 内業 (Inward Training) chapter of the Guanzi. By Harold Roth.

 

Translation of the Zhuangzi 莊子 (Book of Master Zhuang). By Burton Watson.

 

Women in Daoism. By Catherine Despeux and Livia Kohn.