Daoism is a Chinese tradition that emphasizes harmony, spontaneity, and connectedness with nature. This course will provide an introduction to the basic ideas, texts and history of the Daoist tradition. Over the course of four sessions we will examine portions of its most famous texts: the Daode jing and the Zhuangzi, identify the major branches of Daoism in existence today, and explore some of the practices the tradition uses to cultivate body and mind.
Larson Di Fiori has a PhD in Religious Studies, focused on Asian Religions, from Brown University, where he continues to teach as part of the Contemplative Studies Initiative. He is also a translator and a teacher of Qigong and Tai Chi, having trained with mentors in both the US and China.