November 13th, 2012

Chinese White Cloud Abbey Delegation official presentation of Daoist canonical texts to ASU

Chinese White Cloud Abbey Delegation official presentation of Daoist canonical texts to ASU
Lecture by Zhang Jiyu, Vice-President of the China Daoist Association

Thursday, November 13, 10am to 12pm
Location: Hayden Library C-6
Campus: Tempe
Cost: Free and open to the public

Daoism, one of China’s indigenous major religions, traces its roots back to the 6th century BC.

The vast literature of the Daoist canon, or Daozang, survives in a Ming Dynasty edition of some fifteen hundred different texts. Compiled under imperial auspices and completed in 1445—with a supplement added in 1607—many of the books in the Daozang concern the history, organization, and liturgy of China’s indigenous religion. A large number of works deal with medicine, alchemy, and divination.

The White Cloud Abbey delegation from China will present a string-bound Daoist canon containing 1,476 works reprinted after the original 1445 woodblock edition to ASU in an official ceremony followed by a lecture by Zhang Jiyu, Vice-President of the China Daoist Association, the official Chinese organization overseeing organized Daoism in China, which is headquartered at White Cloud Temple in Beijing.

This event is sponsored by: Center for Asian Research, Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.