Taoist Resources

Taoist Resources

The first and only English-language journal dedicated to the study of Daoism, Taoist Resources was founded by two Daoist nuns in 1988 at The Plumtree, a Daoist cloister in New Mexico. The journal began its residence at the East Asian Studies Center in 1991, where Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures faculty member Stephen Bokenkamp served as managing editor until the publication of its final issue in November 1997, after which it was absorbed into the Journal of Chinese Religions.

The following back issues are available for research purposes only.

Taoist Resources: Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 1989)

  • Introductory Remarks, staff, i-iv.
  • “The Interiorization of the Gods,” Whalen Lai, 1-10.
  • “Transformations of the Tao” (translation) Thomas Cleary, 11-12.
  • “Fifteen Statements on the Establishment of a Teaching” (translation), Thomas Cleary, 13-17.
  • “Some Descriptive Notes on an American Taoist Cloister,” Sister Kate, 18-21.
  • “The Common Ground of Self-Cultivation in Classical Taoism and Confucianism,” Roger T. Ames, 22-55.
  • Notes Toward a Comprehensive Bibliography in Taoist Studies, staff, 56-61.

Taoist Resources: Volume 1, Number 2 (Winter 1989)

  • Introductory Remarks, staff, i.
  • "Death and Ascent in Ling-pao Taoism," Stephen Bokenkamp, 1-20.
  • "Ways to the Way: A Review of Bibliographies on Taoism," Raymond Dragan, 21-27.
  • "Icons and Iconoclasm: The Earth Diver Hsi in Taoistic Recall," Whalen Lai, 28-36.
  • "The Mother of Tao," Livia Kohn, 37-113.
  • Biblio-Directory Section, 114-125
  • "There is a life," Thomas Cleary, back cover.


Taoist Resources: Volume 2, Number 1 (June 1990)

  • From the Editors, Stephen Bokenkamp and Livia Kohn, i.
  • “Introduction: The Life of Chen Tuan afther the History of the Song,” Livia Kohn, 1-7.
  • “Chen Tuan in History and Legend,” Livia Kohn, 8-31.
  • “Chen Tuan’s Concepts of the Great Ultimate,” Li Yuanguo, 32-53.
  • “Chen Tuan’s Veneration of the Dharma: A Study in Hagiographic Modification,” Terence C. Russell, 54-72.
  • “The Twelve Sleep Exercises of Mount Hua” (translation), Teri Takehiro, 73-94.
  • Recent Publications on Taoism, staff, 95-112.

Taoist Resources: Volume 2, Number 2 (November 1990)

  • “Transcending Personality: From Ordinary to Immortal Life,” Livia Kohn, 1-22.
  • “Practice Makes Perfect: Paths to Transcendence for Women in Medieval China,” Suzanne Cahill, 23-42.
  • “How Light and Airy: Upward Mobility in the Realm of the Immortals,” Audrey Spiro, 43-69.
  • Xian Descended: Narrating Xian among Mortals,” Kenneth J. Dewoskin, 70-86.
  • “Record of the Ten Continents” (translation), Thomas E. Smith, 87-119.
Dissertation Abstracts
  • “The Southern Lineage in Song China,” Lowell Skar, 120-125.
  • Zhiguai Tales Concerning Han Wudi and His Court,” Thomas E. Smith, 126-128.
Book Review

Robert G. Henricks, Lao-tzu Te-Tao Ching: A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-wang-tui Texts. Review by Alan K. L. Chan, 129-142.


Taoist Resources: Volume 3, Number 1 (July 1991)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp, 1-2.
  • “Sur le sens des termes waidan et neidan,” Isabelle Robinet, 3-40.
  • “Wuwei (Non-action): From Laozi to Hauinanzi,” Liu Xiaogan, 41-56.
Research Note

“Taoism and Literature: The Pi-lo Question,” Stephen Bokenkamp, 57-72.

Review Essay

“The Shang Cosmos,” Whalen Lai, 73-81. Review of The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China, by Sarah Allan.

Book Reviews
  • Alan K. L. Chan, Two Visions of the Way: A Study of the Wang Pi and the Ho-shang Kung Commentaries on the Lao-Tzu. Reviewed by Isabelle Robinet, 83-84.
  • Catherine Despeux, Immortelles de la Chine ancienne. Taoïsme et alchimie feminine. Reviewed by Fabrizio Pregadio, 85-93.
  • Gertrude Güntsch, Das Shen-hsien-chuan und das Erscheinungsbild eines Hsien. Reviewed by Livia Kohn, 94-95.
In Memoriam

Edward H. Schafer, 97-99.

Taoist Resources: Volume 3, Number 2 (May 1992)

  • “The Idea of Zhuangzi’s ‘Music of Heaven,’” Wu Yuquing, 1-16.
  • “The Celestial Masters under the Eastern Jin and Liu-Song Dynasties,” Masayoshi Kobayashi, 17-45.
  • “The Highest Virtue Is Like the Valley,” John Emerson, 47-61.
Research Note

“New Tao-tsang Edition,” Charles Hartman, 63-66.

In Memorium

Anna Seidel. Contributed by Fabrizio Pregadio, 67-71.

Taoist Resources: Volume 4, Number 1 (February 1993)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp, i.
  • “Buddhist Revelation and Taoist Translation in Early Medieval China,” Robert F. Campany, 1-29.
  • “Li Po’s Ascent of Mount O-mei: A Taoist Vision of the Mythology of a Sacred Mountain,” Shi Mingfei, 31-45.
  • “Taoist Scriptures as Mirrored in the Xiaodao lun,” Livia Kohn, 47-69.
Book Reviews
  • Christine Mollier, Une Apocalypse taoïste du Ve siècle. Le livre des incantations divines des grottes abyssales. Reviewed by Livia Kohn, 71-74.
  • Qing Xitai, Zhongguo daojiao shi. Reviewed by Yan Shoucheng, 75-78.
  • Florian C. Reiter, Der Perlenbeutel aus den drei Höhlen. Arbeitsmaterialien zum Taoismus der frühen Tang-Zeit. Reviewed by Livia Kohn, 79.

Taoist Resources: Volume 4, Number 2 (December 1993)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp.

  • “Dis-covering a Religion,” Phyllis Brooks Schafer, 1-8.

  • “What is Taoism? (With Apologies to H.G. Creel),” Laurence G. Thompson, 9-22.

  • “Ghosts and Demons, Law and Order: Grave Quelling Texts and Early Taoist Liturgy,” Angelika Cedzich, 23-36.

  • “Traces of Early Celestial Master Physiological Practice in the Xiang’er Commentary,” Stephen Bokenkamp, 37-54. 

Taoist Resources: Volume 5, Number 1 (August 1994)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp.
  • “Talking to the Gods: Visionary Divination in Early Taoism (The Sanhuang Tradition),” Poul Andersen, 1-24.
  • “Po Ya Plays the Zither: Taoism and the Literati Ideal in Two Types of Chinese Bronze Mirrors in the Collection of Donald H. Graham,” Suzanne Cahill, 25-40.
  • “Shamans, Demons, Diviners, and Taoists: Conflict and Assimilation in Medieval Chinese Ritual Practice (c. A.D. 100-1000),” Peter Nickerson, 41-66.

Taoist Resources: Volume 5, Number 2 (December 1994)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp, i.
  • “Sources of Taoism: Reflections on Archaeological Indicators of Religious Change in Eastern Zhou China,” Lothar von Falkenhausen, 1-12.
  • “Resurrection in Warring States Popular Religion,” Donald Harper, 13-28.
  • “Primus movens et création récurrente,” Isabelle Robinet, 29-69. English Summary by Thomas Peterson, 70.
Research Note

“The Taoist Canon in Japan: Some Implications of the Research of Ho Peng Yoke,” T.H. Barrett, 71-77.

Book Review

Martin Buber, Chinese Tales. Trans. Alex Page. Reviewed by Jonathan Herman, 79-82.

Taoist Resources: Volume 6, Number 1 (December 1995)

  • “Annotated Bibliography and Glossary to Kristofer Schipper’s The Taoist Body,” Richard John Lynn, 1-30.
  • “Speech and Permanence in the Laozi: A Reading of the Twenty-third Chapter as it is Found in the Mawangdui Manuscripts,” Hans-Georg Moller, 31-40.
  • “Recorded for the Ritual of Merit and Virtue for Repairing the Various Observatories of Ch’ing-ch’eng Mountain,” Thomas H. Peterson, 41-56.

Taoist Resources: Volume 6, Number 2 (August 1996)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp, i.
  • “Buddhism and Daoism in The 180 Precepts Spoken by Lord Lao,” Benjamin Penny, 1-16.
  • The 180 Precepts Spoken by Lord Lao: A Translation and Textual Study,” Barbara Hendrischke and Benjamin Penny, 1-29.
  • “The Concept of Mara and the Idea of Expelling Demons,” Kamitsuka Yoshiko. Translated by Amy Lynn Miller and Thomas H. Peterson, 30-50.

Taoist Resources: Volume 7, Number 1 (April 1997)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp, i.
  • “Temple Inscriptions and the Study of Taoist Cults: A Case Study of Inscriptions at the Palace of Eternal Joy,” Paul R. Katz, 1-22.
  • “In Search of Immortality: A Study of Travel in Early Twentieth Century Neidan Poems,” Xun Liu, 23-41.
  • “The Yellow Emperor’s Guru: A Narrative Analysis from Chuang Tzu 11,” Harold D. Roth, 43-60.
Book Reviews
  • T.H. Barrett, Taoism under the T’ang: Religion and Empire during the Golden Age of Chinese History.  Reviewed by Russell Kirkland, 61-68.
  • Michael Saso, The Golden Pavilion: Taoist Ways to Peace, Healing, and Long Life. Reviewed by Livia Kohn, 69-73.

Taoist Resources: Volume 7, Number 2 (November 1997)

  • From the Editor, Stephen Bokenkamp, i.
  • “The Scripture of the Opening of Heaven by the Most High Lord Lao,” Edward H. Schafer, 1-20.
  • “Li Po’s Purple Haze,” Paul W. Kroll, 21-37.
  • “Taoism: The Unofficial High Religion of China,” Anna Seidel, 39-72.
  • “Varieties of Taoism in Ancient China: A Preliminary Comparison of Themes in the Nei Yeh and Other Taoist Classics,” Russell Kirkland, 73-86.
Book Reviews
  • Isabelle Robinet, Introduction à l’alchimie intérieure taoïste de l’unité et de la multiplicité. Reviewed by Douglas Wile, 87-92.
  • Stephen F. Teiser, The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism. Reviewed by Amy Lynn Miller, 93-101.