The Evolution of Daoism
Original TaoDaodejingZhuangziEarly Daoist ScripturesOpening The Dragon GateThe Tao of Pooh
Syllabus
DATE
READINGS
PART I: THE BIRTH OF DAOISM
8/25
Introduction Original Tao, 1-9, 41-44
8/27
Original Tao, 99-123
8/30
Original Tao, 125-144, 46-97
9/1
The Daodejing of Laozi, xi-xxx Original Tao, 144-153
9/3
The Daodejing of Laozi, 1-19
9/6
LABOR DAY
9/8The Daodejing of Laozi, 20-37  <<Thanh Huynh>>
9/10
The Daodejing of Laozi, 41-61
9/13
The Daodejing of Laozi, 62-84  <<Xin Hargrove>>
9/15
Zhuangzi, vii-xviii  •  Original Tao, 153-161    Zhuangzi, 3-8
9/17
Zhuangzi, 9-21, 85-92
9/20Zhuangzi, 21-38  •  Mid-Autumn "Moon Day" Festival

9/22
Zhuangzi, 39-54, 77-84
9/24
Zhuangzi, 57-66, 95-112
9/27
Zhuangzi, 66-76, 112-125
9/29
Sources of Chinese Tradition, 235-247, 268-273, 278-282 (Blackboard/Syncretist Reading)
10/1
Original Tao, 173-203  •  Meditation
PART II: MEDIEVAL DEVELOPMENTS
10/4
Early Daoist Scriptures (EDS): General Introduction, 1-23    Midterm Paper
10/6
EDS: Xiang'er Commentary, 29-65
10/8
EDS: Xiang'er Commentary, 78-100
10/11
EDS: Xiang'er Commentary, 100-121  <<Michael Lynch>> Taiping Tianguo (Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace)

10/13
EDS: Xiang'er Commentary, 121-142
10/15
EDS: Commands and Admonitions, 149-161, 165-83
10/18
FALL BREAK
10/20
EDS: Scripture of the Inner Explanations, 186-198, 204-224
10/22
EDS: The Great Petition for Sepulchral Plaints, 230-250, 261-271
10/25EDS: Upper Scripture of Purple Texts: 275-302
10/27
EDS: Upper Scripture of Purple Texts: 307-331  <<Jonathan Vargas>>
10/29EDS: Upper Scripture of Purple Texts: 331-347  <<Soilé Talmadge>>
11/1EDS: Upper Scripture of Purple Texts: 348-366
11/3 EDS: Wondrous Scripture of Limitless Salvation, 373-394
11/5 EDS: Wondrous Scripture of Limitless Salvation, 405-421  <<Sami Visconti >>
11/8 EDS: Wondrous Scripture of Limitless Salvation, 421-432
PART III: CONTEMPORARY MANIFESTATIONS
11/10 Opening the Dragon Gate, 1-38
11/12 Opening the Dragon Gate, 39-65
11/15 Opening the Dragon Gate, 68-97
11/17 Opening the Dragon Gate, 98-136
11/19 Opening the Dragon Gate, 137-182    Flower Mountain (Huashan)    Topic Paper/Annotated Bibliography
11/22 Opening the Dragon Gate, 183-214    Matrix Explained  •  Meditation Changes Temperatures  •  Lu Dongbin
11/24 THANKSGIVING
11/26THANKSGIVING
11/29Opening the Dragon Gate, 216-247
12/1 Opening the Dragon Gate, 248-282
12/3 The Tao of Pooh, viii-x, 1-35  •  First Draft of the Final Paper
12/6The Tao of Pooh, 37-90
12/8 The Tao of Pooh, 91-139
12/10 The Tao of Pooh, 141-158  
12/15 • Thursday, December 16: Final Deadline for the Final Paper
 
Original TaoDaodejingZhuangziEarly Daoist ScripturesOpening The Dragon GateThe Tao of Pooh