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In a Wall Street Journal blog today, Christopher Carothers asks, “Is Daoism is losing its way?” He writes: Today, Buddhism is regaining its traditional place as the largest religion in Chinese society. Islam is expanding through the growth of Muslim families in the Hui and Uyghur minority ethnic groups. Protestantism and Catholicism are winning new…

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I was in LA last weekend to attend the Sixth Annual Conference on Daoist Studies which was organized by my former teacher, Livia Kohn, and LMU Professor Robin Wang. The conference drew the usual mix of academics and practitioners (which was itself the subject of an interesting meta-analysis by Elijah Siegler). My rationale for attending…

Read More new directions in religion and nature

This week I’m at a conference on eco-aesthetics at Shu Yen University in Hong Kong. Today we heard the opening speech from Prof. ZENG Fangren, the former president of Shandong University. He runs a research institute on aesthetics, and is one of China’s leading scholars of eco-aesthetics. In his overview of the field of eco-aesthetics…

Read More china’s greatest contribution to sustainable development

Confucius's birthday leads Google to doodle http://bit.ly/QD0m6 # Conference on Daoism Today: Science, Health, Ecology, Los Angeles, June 2-6, 2010 http://bit.ly/u327f # Change in offing in China, prof says. – – An interview with me in the The Whig Standard — http://bit.ly/1PKNCq # Conference on eco-aesthetics in Hong Kong with a keynote from me on…

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