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Daoism and Literature, 14th International Conference on Daoist Studies (free of charge)
May 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 2:20 pm Stockholm
4th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Daoism and Literature: Myths, Stories, Novels, Poetry
Hosted by Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
In Honor of Aleksandar Fedotov
Master Wu’s presentation, FanHuanZhiDao (The Way of Returning) will be held on Day 5, May 24 (Monday), at 8pm Beijing/Sofia 3pm/London 1pm/New York 8am/Los Angeles 5am
Master Wu’s Presentation, FanHuanZhiDao (The Way of Returning):
The use of homonyms is a hallmark of Chinese culture – from classical Chinese literature and poetry to writings in modern internet forums. A superficial reading of Chinese, without proper cultural and historical context and knowledge of hidden symbolism, will only portray a superficial message. Although Laozi’s Daodejing is widely held as a Daoist philosophy classic, deeper investigation reveals that the text is a manual for inner cultivation, written specifically for his student Yin Xi 尹喜. In a previous publication, I analyzed the first chapter of the Daodejing, laying out my argument that the book is an instruction manual, with the goal of understanding the Dao not intellectually but through direct bodily experience. In this presentation, I continue this detailed exploration of the Daodejing, discussing chapter two and looking at how the symbolic meanings of the words Mei 美 and E 惡 (from the first verse) demonstrate that the chapter instructs us in the Daoist internal alchemy principle, fanhuan zhi dao 返 還之道, the way of returning to the prenatal state.
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Zoom invitations: 18 May 2021 for 20 May, then daily, each two days ahead of the meeting
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Registration Deadline Extended until 30 April
Daoism in all its schools and dimensions has found vivid expression in literature—from the poetic format of the DaoDeJing through the fictional accounts in the ZhuangZi and the ecstatic poetry and mythology of the middle ages to extensive novels and alchemical poetry of late imperial China, continuing actively today. Both the doctrinal and experiential expression of Daoism in various literary genres and the adaptation of Daoist imagery and vision by literary masters deserve a great deal further study than undertaken to date. This conference aims to remedy this lack and invites scholars and practitioners from all over the world to share their expertise and engage in new and exciting exploration.
Chairs: Desislava Damyanova, Sofia University; Livia Kohn, Boston University
Sponsors: Sofia University, Daesoon Academy of Sciences, Three Pines Press
USA: Liu Xun, Robin Wang; China: Chen Xia, Sharon Small, Liou Tong-Miin; France: Adeline Herrou, Georges Favraud, Karine Martin; Germany: Friederike Assandri, Elisabeth Friedrichs
Lennert Gesterkamp, Utrecht University: “The Shanhai jing and the Roots of Daoist Sacred Geography”
Zornica Kirkova, Staatsbibliothek Berlin: “Daoism and Poetry in Early Medieval China”
Brigitte Baptandier, CNRS Paris: “The Lady of Linshui in Ming Novels”
Sessions: Four to five sessions of 45 minutes each will be scheduled for each day of the meeting, starting at 8 am US Eastern Time or 3 pm Bulgaria time.
Panels: Two 15-minute individual paper presentations or practice instructions will be arranged under a common theme but with separate Zoom invitations. Each set of three is followed by a brief break for video download and Zoom reset, then there are a few minutes of open discussion.
Languages: English and Chinese. Bilingual presentations encouraged.
Publication: All presentations will be videotaped and published on YouTube. By registering for the conference, you agree to having your presentation published.