By Livia Kohn, Harold D. Roth
What's Daoism? who's thought of a Daoist, and why? What defines Daoism: ideals? Practices? Sectarian matters? Questions corresponding to those have plagued students and fans alike, growing confusion and prejudice. through addressing those questions, this quantity opens up the exploration of a desirable faith. For greater than thousand years, Daoism has advanced in shut interplay with the opposite significant traditions of China--Confucianism, Buddhism, ethnic creeds, and renowned religion--and tailored a lot of their gains. to the current day, Daoism involves a multiplicity of ideals and practices, and maintains to boost, because it has for the prior millennia, in the course of the interplay among differentiation and integration--the stream to alter in keeping with political, cultural, and fiscal advancements as opposed to the urge to create balance via trust structures, lineage traces, rituals, and myths. Daoist identification is an exploration of some of the capacity through which Daoists over the centuries have created an identification for themselves. utilizing sleek sociological experiences of identification formation as its origin, it brings jointly a consultant pattern of in-depth analyses by way of eminent American and eastern students within the box. The dialogue starts with serious examinations of the methods id was once discovered one of the early pursuits of how of significant Peace and the Celestial Masters. The position of sacred texts and literary tradition in Daoist identification formation is mentioned. the quantity then makes a speciality of lineage formation and the expanding position of renowned spiritual practices, corresponding to spirit-writing, in smooth Daoism because the track dynasty. eventually it discusses the Daoist variation and reinterpretation of Buddhist rites, similar to the feeding of souls in hell and using ritual gestures, and the adjustments made in modern Daoism relating to conventional rites and well known practices. all through, the authors ponder concerns by no means ahead of mentioned in Western scholarly literature, together with the function of ethnic teams and their identification within the formation of Daoist groups, the modern daotan circulation in Guangdong and Hong Kong, the evolution of medieval loss of life rituals, and the position of poetry and literati writing within the production of a private id as Daoist.