From the Back Cover
Explore the origins of Taoist philosophy and religion
Grasp the multiple interpretations of Taoism today
Find out about Taoist practices and customs
The friendly guide to understanding the rich history and modern practice of Taoism!
Exploring the philosophy, practices, and scriptures of one of the world’s major religions ― and one of the oldest ― Taoism For Dummies provides a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating and influential religious tradition. Whether you’re a student of religion or just curious about Taoism, this fun and friendly guide explains in plain English the fundamental concepts of Taoism, explores in depth the origins and multiple interpretations of the religion, and goes into detail about what it means to be a Taoist.
Start with Taoism 101 ― learn the fundamentals and debunk the main myths about Taoism
Follow the evolution of Taoism ― find out how Taoism has developed from Classical Taoist philosophy to institutionalized religion to western Taoism
Unlock important Taoist concepts ― explore the Tao, yin and yang, and wu-wei
Learn about the many texts of Taoism ― delve into the Tao Te Ching, as well as other texts from the rich body of Taoist scriptures
Explore Taoist practices ― find out how followers bring Taoism into their daily lives
Open the book and find:
The origins of Taoism
Taoist attitudes toward life
The life and teachings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
Types of Taoism in China and the West today
How to understand the Taoist concept of doing everything by doing nothing
A look at the Taoist practices of alchemy, meditation, t’ai-chi, and martial arts
Advice on acquiring Taoist wisdom
Ten common misconceptions about Taoism
About the Author
Jonathan Herman, PhD, is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he teaches courses in Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, world religions, comparative mysticism, and critical theory in the study of religion. He has written extensively on various aspects of Taoism, Chinese religion, and modern religious issues.