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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 Encounters

The Encounters

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(p.146) 5 The Encounters
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Dream Trippers
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David A. Palmer

Elijah Siegler

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226484983.003.0005

This chapter listens in to the conversations between Chinese monk-hermits and Dream Trippers, as they meet and interact at the temples and caves of Huashan and other Daoist sites. These dialogues uncover their misunderstandings, humorous quid pro quos, and moments of “transnational communitas,” as they approach each other with an ambiguous mix of expectation and condescension, search for a common language to talk about the experience and requirements of Daoist cultivation, and gossip about each other. Although they manage to break through barriers of culture and social positioning to experience a shared sense of seeking after Dao, they remain worlds apart in their understandings of self, practice, virtue, lineage, tradition, and authenticity.

Keywords:   communitas, intercultural dialogue, Daoism, virtue, lineage, authenticity

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