The Golden Elixir Taoism The Encyclopedia of Taoism

The Encyclopedia of Taoism

Fabrizio Pregadio, ed. — 2 vols, xlviii+1552 pp. — Routledge, 2008 — ISBN 978-0700712007

Sample Entries from
The Encyclopedia of Taoism

Daode jing (Scripture of the Dao and Its Virtue)

daojia (Taoism; "Lineage[s] of the Way")

daojiao (Taoism; Taoist teaching; "Teaching[s] of the Way")

Daozang (Daoist Canon) and Subsidiary Compilations

jiao (Offering)

jindan (Golden Elixir)

Lingbao (Numinous Treasure)

Quanzhen (Completion of Authenticity)

Shangqing (Highest Clarity)

Tianshi dao (Way of the Celestial Masters)

The Encyclopedia of Taoism provides an overview of Taoist religion and thought through a wide selection of topics, reflects the current state of Taoist scholarship, and aims to contribute to a better understanding of this and related fields.

The book contains about 800 entries arranged in alphabetical order, an appendix, two bibliographies, a final index, and other front and back matter. With few exceptions, entries range between 250 and 2,000 words. The entries are concerned with the following subjects:

1. Surveys of major topics: ca. 75 entries
2. Schools and traditions: ca. 30 entries
3. Persons: ca. 150 entries
4. Texts: ca. 200 entries
5. Terms (including ritual and self-cultivation practices): ca. 225 entries
6. Divinities and immortals: ca. 80 entries
7. Temples: ca. 20 entries
8. Mountains: ca. 20 entries

Through a broad use of cross-references, marked by asterisks, each entry leads to other entries. A list of closely related entries is also found at the end of each entry.

Bibliographic references help to expand the amount of information gathered from the Encyclopedia. References to works in Western languages, Chinese, and Japanese are found at end of individual entries in abbreviated form (author and year); full bibliographic details are provided in a hundred-page bibliography of Taoist studies at the end of the book.

Several dozen illustrations and tables complement the entries. Both the entries and the bibliography contain Chinese and Japanese characters.

Table of Contents

Volume I
Foreword, by T.H. Barrett, vii
Contributors, xi
Introduction, xiii
Conventions, Format of the Entries, Abbreviations and Symbols, xxi
Synoptic Table of Contents, xxv
List of Illustrations, xliii
List of Tables, xlvii
Taoism: An Overview, 1
     List of entries, 3
     Entries, 5
Entries A through L, 197

Volume II
Entries M through Z, 729
Appendix: Reference Works for the Study of Taoism, 1311
Bibliographies, 1333
     Sources in the Daozang (Taoist Canon), 1335
     Abbreviations of Serials, 1361
     Studies, 1362
Periodization of Chinese History, 1465
Pinyin to Wade-Giles Conversion Table, 1473
Wade-Giles to Pinyin Conversion Table, 1477
Index, 1481

Contributors

Poul ANDERSEN
ASANO Haruji
Farzeen BALDRIAN-HUSSEIN
Tim BARRETT
Catherine BELL
Charles BENN
Stephen BOKENKAMP
Judith Magee BOLTZ
CHEN Yaoting
Philip CLART
Theodore A. COOK
Mark CSIKSZENTMIHALYI
Christopher CULLEN
Martina DARGA
Catherine DESPEUX
Ute ENGELHARDT
Grégoire ESPESSET
Monica ESPOSITO
Vincent GOOSSAERT
Caroline GYSS-VERMANDE
Elisabeth HSU
Paul KATZ
KIM Daeyeol
Russell KIRKLAND
Terry KLEEMAN
Livia KOHN
MARUYAMA Hiroshi
Amy Lynn MILLER
MIURA Kunio
Christine MOLLIER
MUGITANI Kunio
Peter NICKERSON
Julian PAS
Benjamin PENNY
Fabrizio PREGADIO
Gil RAZ
Isabelle ROBINET
James ROBSON
SAKADE Yoshinobu
Lowell SKAR
Thomas E. SMITH
Barend TER HAAR
Elena VALUSSI
YAMADA Toshiaki
Robin D.S. YATES
YOSHIKAWA Tadao