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Taoism and Ecology

June 5-8, 1998

Opening Sessions

Welcome and Opening Remarks -

Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Bucknell University, Conference Series Coordinators

Norman Girardot, Lehigh University and Livia Kohn, Boston University, co-conveners for the Taoism Conference

Keynote address -

Kristofer Schipper, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, and University of Leiden

Taoist Ecology: The Inner Transformation. A Study of the Precepts of the Early Taoist Ecclesia - ABSTRACT

Beginning Orientations: Questions and Answers

Chair - Norman Girardot

Jordan Paper, York University

"Taoism" and "Deep Ecology:" Fantasy and Potentiality - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Julian Pas, University of Saskatchewan

Michael LaFargue, University of Massachusetts, Boston

"Nature" As Part of the Human-Cultural World in Taoist Thought - ABSTRACT

David Hall, University of Texas, El Paso

From Reference to Deference: Taoism and the Natural World - ABSTRACT

Read by: Roger Ames, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Respondent - Russell Goodman, University of New Mexico

Taoism and Ecological Concerns in Historical Context, I

Chair - Livia Kohn

Russell Kirkland, University of Georgia

"Life," "Nature," and "Responsible (Non-)Action:" Perspectives from the Neiye, Zhuangzi, and Taode Jing - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Lisa Raphals, Bard College

Liu Xiaogan, National University of Singapore

Non-action (Wuwei) and the Environment Today: Conceptual and Applied Study of Laozi's Philosophy - ABSTRACT

Respondent - James Miller, Boston University

Robert F. Campany, Indiana University

Ingesting the Marvelous: The Taoist's Relationship to Nature According to Ge Hong, 283-343 C.E. - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Edward Davis, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Roundtable Discussion on Taoism and Ecology by Taoist Practitioners

Moderator- Livia Kohn, Boston University

Participants - Charles Belyea, Orthodox Taoism in America

Vincent Chu, Gin Soon T'ai Chi Club

Weidong Lu, New England School of Acupuncture

Rene Navarro, International Healing Tao Center

Dan Seitz, New England School of Acupuncture

Linda Varone, Dragon and Phoenix Feng Shui

Taoism and Ecological Concerns in Historical Context, II

Chair - Norman Girardot, Lehigh University

Lai Chi-tim, Chinese University of Hong Kong

A Study of the Concept of Zhong-he, Central Harmony in the Taiping Jing: Human Responsibility for the Maladies of Nature - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Richard Wang, University of Chicago

Toshiaki Yamada, Toyo University, Tokyo

Pantheism and the Respect for Natural Beauty in Taoism - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Franciscus Verellen, Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient, Paris

Thomas Hahn, University of Heidelberg

Wild Thoughts: On Taoist Notions of Wilderness - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Terry Kleeman, College of William and Mary

Taoism and Ecological Concerns in Cultural Context

Chair - Livia Kohn, Boston University

Jeffrey Meyer, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Taoist Chinese Gardens as Ecological Texts - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Robert Weller, Boston University

Chu Ron Guey, Academia Sinica, Taipei

Chinese Geomancy in Environmental Perspective - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Peter Nickerson, Duke University

E. N. Anderson, University of California, Riverside

Flowering Apricot: Environmental Practice, Folk Religion, and Taoism - ABSTRACT

Respondent - John Patterson, Massey University, New Zealand

Plenary Session: A Taoist and Confucian Dialogue about Ecology

Moderator - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University

Kristofer Schipper, University of Leiden, in conversation with Tu Weiming, Harvard University

Concluding Speculations

Chair - Norman Girardot, Lehigh University

Anne Birdwhistell, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

The Ecology Question in Taoism: Can Ancient Texts Speak to Contemporary Issues? - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Michael Puett, Harvard University

Roger Ames, University of Hawaii, Manoa

The Local and Focal in Realizing a Taoist World - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Paul Kjellberg, Whittier College

Jonathan Herman, Georgia State University

Taoist Environmentalism in the West: Ursula Le Guin's Transmission of Taoism - ABSTRACT

Respondents - J. P. Seaton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Ursula Le Guin, Portland, Oregon