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If you think Taoism is simply a stoic philosophy, then this is the book you need to read That brief work is a very small piece of a 2000 year old puzzle that goes well beyond a book of 81 chapters Focusing upon a single book as the Taoism is willful ignorance At worst, it is cultural appropriation without even apologizing for the ignorance of anything about this belief system beyond one book among so many There are 1000s of books in the Taoist Canon that encompass this tradition Ignoring If you think Taoism is simply a stoic philosophy, then this is the book you need to read That brief work is a very small piece of a 2000 year old puzzle that goes well beyond a book of 81 chapters Focusing upon a single book as the Taoism is willful ignorance At worst, it is cultural appropriation without even apologizing for the ignorance of anything about this belief system beyond one book among so many There are 1000s of books in the Taoist Canon that encompass this tradition Ignoring the rest because, it s all superstitious is as dismissive of history, as it is the culture that created it Never call that single book Taoism, as it is patently false to the core Enjoying it s philosophy is beneficial, yet, hardly means one is a convert for liking a book.As one that has appreciated reading the Tao The Ching, and attempted to learnabout the traditions of China, for several decades, a book that finally focuses upon correcting the vast misconceptions perpetuated since the Tao was introduced to the West is refreshing, and desperately needed.The subject is so vast, and complex, including important points for a Western audience requires spending a strong portion dissuading readers of entrenched ideas These are handled in a respectful manner One wishesspace could be given to historical, and modern manifestations in China, especially rituals, andabout the myriad of books associated to Taoism, that are largely only available and of interest to academics.The author discusses areas conflated with Taoism in the West so to give as clear an introduction to a term many may know, yet few understand beyond the vague concepts promulgated by many that wish to profit from Eastern Mystique The only good point about this book is that it is informative Herman understands farabout being a modern day academic than about Taoism as set forth by Lao Tzu He is very good at covering all the usual introductory ground, and the book is very much worth reading from that point of view But to really get to grips with Taoism in the sense of really trying to understand the Tao Te Ching is something that he not only does not set out to do, but is dismissive of By the end of this book it w The only good point about this book is that it is informative Herman understands farabout being a modern day academic than about Taoism as set forth by Lao Tzu He is very good at covering all the usual introductory ground, and the book is very much worth reading from that point of view But to really get to grips with Taoism in the sense of really trying to understand the Tao Te Ching is something that he not only does not set out to do, but is dismissive of By the end of this book it was pretty clear to me that if I ever want to understand Taoism I will have to concentrate on the Tao Te Ching alone and important related commentaries, and ignore all the other books on Taoism like Taoism for Dummies Yes, I admit it I read a for Dummies book I was actually impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge the author had put together Although at times it seemed as if he was actually trying to chase people away from Taoism, he s definitely put together a valuable introduction to the philosophy religion I learned a lot even though I ve studied Taoism for close to 25 years It s not gonna teach you much about being a Taoist, but it does a very good job of telling the story I enjoyed it. This book would have been a lotenjoyable if it didn t keep reminding you everything Taoism isn t. This is a very thorough look at the history and development of Taoism Unfortunately, it only clears up some things, and points out that most Western practices of Taoism isn t authentic Taoism, so Westerners don t have a clear idea of what that is. This is a lovely historical and academic basic introduction to Taoism The author presents the information in a relatable and easy to understand way He also tries to provide accurate translations of basic Taoist terms into English from Chinese. Jonathan writes in an approachable style I find very helpful in my quest to unlearn my Western preconceptions of Taoism, Chinese culture, and religion. The taoism that can be written aboutis not very clear or satisfying. Not the place to go for philosophical insights Spent a lottime on the religion of Taoism Didn t get too detailed, but there is a lot of information about the history and different sects of Taoism that is covered For those with a strong interest, it provides a good understanding about the who s and that what s More in depth than what you ll get on Taoism from a comparative religions class, but has the same feel to it You go into both to analyze in an educational sense, not to contempla Not the place to go for philosophical insights Spent a lottime on the religion of Taoism Didn t get too detailed, but there is a lot of information about the history and different sects of Taoism that is covered For those with a strong interest, it provides a good understanding about the who s and that what s More in depth than what you ll get on Taoism from a comparative religions class, but has the same feel to it You go into both to analyze in an educational sense, not to contemplate in a philosophical sense ^Pdf ⇺ Taoism for Dummies ↚ The definitive guide to understanding Taoism no matter your background or faith Lao Tzu s Tao Te Ching is the second most translated book in the world, and the practice of religious Taoism is on the rise in China, where adherents currently number in the hundreds of millions Yet there remains a remarkable lack of reliable information about Taoism for curious westerners Taoism For Dummies provides comprehensive coverage of Taoism s origins in China s Chou Dynasty, its underlying quietist principles, its emergence as a major religion, various interpretation of its core texts, including both Eastern and Western interpretations, key Taoist concepts, and much It also provides a fascinating glimpse of Taoism in contemporary ChinaThe ideal guide for readers interested in this influential religion, as well as those taking an introductory course on Taoism or Chinese Religion A valuable source of insight for those with an interest in modern Chinese culture and beliefs