Daoism is not a narrowly defined concept or religion. It has a multitude of currents and developments.
It’s a living tradition with many ramifications and practices.
Dao De Jing
Yin Fu Jing
Huang Ting Jing
Female Scholars of Daoism
Livia Kohn is Professor Emeritus of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University. She has since written more than 30 books on the subject. Both about culture and specific health practices and meditation.
Eva Wong is an independent scholar and practitioner of Daoist Arts. She belongs to the Quanzhen (Complete Reality) lineage of meditation and practices Wudangshan Martial Arts. About 15 books are to her name. Several deal with understanding Daoism and what it means to be Daoist. Longevity practices and Feng Shui are also part of her curriculum.
Catherine Despeux is a French Sinologist and Professor Emeritus of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). She is intensively involved in the study of Buddhism. In addition to her work on Daoism, she wrote books on Qigong and Taijiquan.
Male Scholars of Daoism
The Dutch pride in the field of Daoist studies. Kristofer Schipper (1934-2021) studied & Japanese religions and anthropology in Paris. In 1968 he became the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tao Master. We know him among other things from his books such as Zhuanzi, Liezi, Lao Zi and the Converstations of Confucius.
Mr. Pregadio is currently a research fellow at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany. Although his current work focuses on human nature and existence (xing & ming), we mainly know him from his work within the Alchemical tradition. With translations of classics such as the Cantongqi and the Wuzhen Pian (Awakening to Reality).