Doaism and Chinese Traditions

Taoism is a philosophy, religion, and set of transformational practices based on acting in harmony with the Tao, or way of nature. It can be traced back to at least the late 4th century BCE and has evolved along with ancient Chinese folk religions to provide the underpinnings of modern religious sects and esoteric practices as well as qigong and many martial arts. This course provides an overview of the historical, cultural, and philosophical context of Taoism, introduces transformational and alchemical practices, includes regular practice of qigong and Taoist meditation, and relates Taoism specifically to the study of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan and other martial arts. Cross-listed as TRA252.
Course Number: TRA552
Units: 3.0