Jame Miller's introduction to Daoism is the perfect tool for anyone who is interested in learning about the history and practice of this far-reaching religious practice. Miller is insistent on the innovative and ever-changing nature of Daoism. The audio answers the question, "what does Daoism mean in the 21st Century?" Brockett's voice has a staccato quality that helps her emphasize the most salient characteristics of the subject matter. Perhaps as a result, the narration is engaging and the information is easy to absorb.
Spanning the centuries and crossing the globe, this engaging introduction covers everything Daoist, from the religion of the ancients to 21st-century T’ai Chi and meditation. Complete with a timeline of Daoist history and a full glossary, Daoism will prove invaluable not only to students, but also to general listeners who wish to learn more about the origins and nature of a profound tradition, and about its role and relevance in our fast-moving 21st-century existence.
©2003 James Miller (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
“In this short volume, the author gives his readers not the last word on Daoism but invaluable handles to develop your own understanding of this rich and complex tradition.” (China Review International)
There is a kind of subtle arrogance in the author that rubs the wrong way. This is a general overview and history, but comes off dry and boring, a sort of academic work without heart but also without the depth one usually gets as a tradeoff. There is nothing wrong with this book, but it is not fun, and wasn't for me.
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