What is the course about?
The key principle of Daoism is the ‘preservation of life’ achieved by cultivating virtue through following the ‘way’ (dao) of nature. What does this really mean? What is this nature, which if lived in accord with, will confer if not ‘immortality’ at least ‘longevity’?
What will we cover?
• The mysterious dao – Laozi, ‘Dao de Jing’ (the way, its virtue and power)
• Non-doing and effortless action – Zhuangzi
• Mysterious learning (xuanxue) – Neo-Daoism
• The preservation of life – Daoist self-cultivation and meditation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss, simply, the significance of ‘Dao’ in the Daoist tradition.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge, however some familiarity with or interest in East Asian culture/ideas would be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in Indian philosophy in a nutshell (HP119), starting on 9.3.20.