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|Other Titles:||From Dao to Shu: The Understanding and Interpretation of Dao in the Han Dynasty|
|Issue Date:||2016-05-25 11:58:00 (UTC+8)|
The book of Lao-tzu comprised just five thousand words; however, it had bountiful implications for “Dao”, which inspired numerous followers to diversify its philosophical conception. People in different ages, of different cultures, or with different academic characters had diverse understandings of and put distinct interpretations on the connotation of “Dao”. In the Han Dynasty, documents about Daoism often referred it to “Chi” (life energy) or “Shu” (art). In other words, scholars of the Han dynasty who advocated the pure nature of being, the supreme doctrine and the subtle perception of Dao would replace the term “Dao”\r with “Chi”. And scholars who valued the political statecraft would refer “Dao” to “Shu”; that is, the art of governance. However, there was another sect that transferred the philosophical Daoism into a religious practice. In this way, “Dao” became a commandment and Lao-tzu was divinized to be Taishang Laojun – the Grand Supreme Elderly Lord.
|Relation:||政大中文學報, 22, 43-68|
Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature National Chengchi University
|Appears in Collections:||[政大中文學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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