This self-paced course will examine the history and practice of the ancient Chinese way of life called Taoism.
You will be given information about Taoism, along with questions and suggestions for contemplation and meditation. Additionally, you will receive suggestions for activities that will hopefully deepen the material presented as you make it personal in your own experience.
You may contact and interact with the course director while you are taking any of the course lessons.
Glenda Taylor, the course director, is a life-long student of comparative religion. She was privileged to work for a short time in San Diego with a Taoist teacher from China. Over the years, she has given many lectures and workshops on various aspects of Taoism, the I Ching, the yin and yang, the modern concepts of masculinity and femininity as they relate to Taoism, and how these relate in general to human psychology and culture.
“I hope you enjoy the course, and I look forward to our interactions as you make your way through the lessons.” Glenda Taylor
Note: The First Lesson is free to everyone; the other seven lessons are available to contributing members at any level of contribution. If you are not a contributing member, you will be given an opportunity to contribute when you reach Lesson Two.
Recommended reading is not mandatory, but to deepen your insight, you may consider:
Tao Te Ching, translation by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English, with introduction and note by Jacob Needleman
Hua Hu Ching, translation by Brian Walker
The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton
The Importance of Undersanding by Lin Yutang
The I Ching or Book of Changes translated by Richard Wilhelm and translated into English by Cary F. Baynes with introduction by Carl Jung
Taoism, the Road to Immortality by John Blofeld
The Portable Dragon, the Western Man’s Guide to the I Ching by R. G. H. Siu
Image Credit: Four Immortals Saluting Longevity, Early Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) Public Domain, Source Shang Xi, Wikipedia Commons
NOTE: Lesson One is free content. Lessons Two through Eight are open to paying members only. Register and become a member to view Lessons Two through Eight.