Cosmos and Community: The Ethical Dimension of Daoism
Cosmos and Community is the first English study of Daoist religious ethics. Based on original translations of primary sources, it presents a thorough comparative analysis of various kinds of Daoist rules, divided into four major kinds: prohibitions, admonitions, injunctions (behavioral guidelines), and affirmations (positive prayers). They all serve to place the practitioner firmly into the overarching goodness of Dao. The book also presents extensive translations of original sources, ranging from the 3rd to 17th. The work is essential for anyone interested in Daoism, comparative ethics, or Chinese history.