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Dream TrippersGlobal Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality$
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David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226481760

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226484983.001.0001

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The Trippers

The Trippers

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Dream Trippers

David A. Palmer

Elijah Siegler

University of Chicago Press

This chapter follows the international circuit of Daoist energy tourism, connecting retreats such as the Tao Garden spa in Chiang Mai (Thailand), the Tao Mountain retreat center in North Carolina, and the lives of Mantak Chia and Michael Winn, the founding figures of Healing Tao USA. How does the emergence of American Daoism connect with spiritual orientalism, Chinese immigration, and the counterculture and spiritual quests of the baby boomer generation? The American appropriation of Daoism has turned it into a paradigmatic expression of American spiritual individualism, in which the self is the ultimate spiritual authority.

Keywords:   American Daoism, Orientalism, Mantak Chia, Michael Winn, spiritual tourism, counterculture, spiritual individualism

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