This chapter introduces us to the "China Dream Trip," a tour of Daoist sacred sites organized by Healing Tao USA, one of American's main providers of courses and workshops on Daoist practices of meditation, healing, and the body. It also introduces us to the "dream trippers," an eclectic cast of characters from varied backgrounds, brought together by their shared interest in Daoist practice. The authors explain how Daoist self-cultivation practives have been adopted and transformed by Western culture, often in ways that are unrecognizable from their ancient Chinese origins. The authors give an account of the "transnational diffusion" of Daoism, paying especial attention to the ways these techniques and ideas become embedded into a uniquely American context, with its own notions of self-improvement and spiritual practice. Ultimately, the book seeks to sketch the co-evolution of seemingly incommensurable approaches to spirituality through the intersecting trajectories, experiences, and encounters of practitioners. All of this, they argue, has contributed to the emergence of a global Daoist field within which claims of authenticity and authority are communicated, contested, and negotiated.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.