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Teaching the Daode Jing$
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Gary Delany DeAngelis and Warren G. Frisina

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332704.001.0001

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Mysticism In the Daode Jing

Mysticism In the Daode Jing

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(p.61) Mysticism In the Daode Jing
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Teaching the Daode Jing
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Gary D. DeAngelis (Contributor Webpage)

Warren G. Frisina (Contributor Webpage)

Gary D. DeAngelis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332704.003.0006

This essay outlines the way Gary D. DeAngelis employs the DDJ in a course on comparative mysticisms. Beginning with Ninian Smart's definition of mystical experience as a “state of consciousness where one ‘acquires a fundamental insight into the nature of reality,'” DeAngelis leads students into a discussion of how the DDJ responds to two basic questions: “What is the nature of ultimate reality?; and How may one experience that reality?” These questions lead students to explore basic epistemological issues as they come to a deeper understanding of what the DDJ may mean by saying that it is possible to “know” a Dao which is itself “unknowable.”

Keywords:   Daode jing, Tao Te Ching, Laozi, Lao Tzu, Daoism, Taoism, Chinese religion, comparative philosophy, comparative religion, comparative mysticism, mysticism

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