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Welcome to the Wikiversity Department of Taoist Studies.
Introduction[edit | edit source]
The Wikiversity Department of Taoist Studies is a content development project for learning resources related to the Way, for those who wish to follow as well as the curious.
Learning Projects and Learning Materials[edit | edit source]
Undergraduate[edit | edit source]
Introduction to Taoism[edit | edit source]
- Introduction to Taoism - An introduction to the major tenets, figures, writings, and schools of historical Taoism.
- A Brief History of the Way - A more in-depth study of the history of the Taoist faith.
Text Studies[edit | edit source]
- Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) - The 5,000 character classic considered by most academics to be the founding document of Taoism.
- Chuang Tzu - A longer and more complex enumeration of Taoist philosophy and cosmology, just as essential to comprehending Taoism as the Tao Te Ching.
- Lieh-tzu - The third Taoist classic, more down-to-earth and practical than either the Tao Te Ching or the Chuang Tzu.
- I Ching oracle - A guide to use and interpret the Oracle.
Seminary School[edit | edit source]
- Dao - "The Way that can be followed is not the true Way, the Name that can be named is not the true Name." Doing the impossible, and describing the Dao.
- De - The virtue of the Way, and how to cultivate it.
- Wu Wei - Actionless action, explored in detail, including an essay from William S. Burroughs.
- Po - The "uncarved block" of Lao Tzu.
- Qi - The breath of life.
- Eight Trigrams - The binary basis of the universe.
- Five Elements - The life-cycles in classical Taoist cosmology.
- Taoist Ethics: Walking the Way - A short course on the ethics and morality of Taoism.
Electives[edit | edit source]
Applied Taoism[edit | edit source]
- Taoist Sexual Practices - Immortality through sex.
- Feng Shui - A layman's course to Taoist geomancy.
- Tai Chi and Other Taoist Martial Arts - A brief introduction to Taoist philosophy in the martial arts, focusing especially but not exclusively on the "Taoist" arts of Tai Chi, Bagua Zheng, and Xing-yi (Hsing I).
- Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine - What they're doing when they prick you with those needles.
- The Flavor That Can Be Tasted... - Taoist dietary practices, focused on modern application.
Social Studies[edit | edit source]
- The Peach Wine Cauldron - Where the complex interrelationships between Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism will be examined.
- Modern Taoism: Asia - Exploring the role of Taoism and the Way in modern Chinese and other Asian societies.
- Modern Taoism: The West - A discussion of Taoism's rise and future in Western countries.
- Rough Notes on Classical Chinese - Classical Chinese, n., a verb with optional tense, mood, aspect, or nouns.
- Taoism and Science: Towards a Rational Taoism - Reconciling traditional Chinese beliefs with an Enlightened scientific viewpoint.
- Missing The Point: The Philosophical/Religious Schism - Discussing the perceived divide between "philosophical" Taoism and "religious" Taoism, and why it doesn't matter after a few cups of peach wine.