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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Winter Colloquium: Contemporary Daoist Approaches to Environmental Preservation

Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will give a public talk titled "Contemporary Daoist Approaches to Environmental Preservation" on Thursday, January 31st from 5:00-7:00 PM in Black Hall room 150.  All are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract from Dr. Dippmann:

The China Daoist Association, with its headquarters in Baiyun Guan (White Cloud Temple), Beijing, recently implemented an Eight Year Plan for Ecological Protection (2010-2017). Working with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, 69 senior Daoist monks and nuns from across China met at the first ever pan-China Daoist Ecology conference in Jurong, near the sacred mountain of Mao Shan. There they formulated the principles and activities to ensure that Daoist temples, monasteries and businesses begin implementing ecologically sound practices. This presentation compares those principles and practical steps in the light of traditional Daoist teachings as found in such works as the Daodejing, Zhuangzi, Taiping Jing, as well as sectarian writings from the Celestial Master, Lingbao, and Quanzhen traditions. What makes these principles distinctively Daoist, and how do they reflect the ancient roots of China’s high indigenous religion?

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