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Dream Trippers

Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality

David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler

Dream Trippers

David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler

352 pages | 11 halftones, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226484846 Will Publish November 2017
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780226481760 Will Publish November 2017
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226484983 Will Publish November 2017
Over the past few decades, Daoism has become a recognizable part of Western “alternative” spiritual life. Now, that Westernized version of Daoism is going full circle, traveling back from America and Europe to influence Daoism in China.
 
Dream Trippers draws on more than a decade of ethnographic work with Daoist monks and Western seekers to trace the spread of Westernized Daoism in contemporary China. David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler take us into the daily life of the monastic community atop the mountain of Huashan and explore its relationship to the socialist state. They follow the international circuit of Daoist "energy tourism," which connects a number of sites throughout China, and examine the controversies around Western scholars who become practitioners and promoters of Daoism. Throughout are lively portrayals of encounters among the book’s various characters—Chinese hermits and monks, Western seekers, and scholar-practitioners—as they interact with each other in obtuse, often humorous, and yet sometimes enlightening and transformative ways. Dream Trippers untangles the anxieties, confusions, and ambiguities that arise as Chinese and American practitioners balance cosmological attunement and radical spiritual individualism in their search for authenticity in a globalized world.
Contents
Acknowledgments

1 The Subject
2 The Mountain
3 The Trippers
4 The Cloud Wanderers
5 The Encounters
6 The Scholar-Practitioners
7 The Predicament
Epilogue: The Cosmic Orgasms

Appendix: Methodological Issues
Notes
Glossary of Chinese Terms
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
James Miller, Queen’s University
Dream Trippers is compelling, brilliantly and simply written, and will have an important impact not only for those who seek to understand Daoism, but more widely for those who think about how contemporary cultures concretely compete to ‘produce religion’ as an object of interest and study.”
Norman Girardot, Lehigh University
“A fascinating, insightful, and at times quite amusing work. What makes Dream Trippers especially interesting and valuable is its acute attention to the contradictions and ambiguities of the cross-cultural history, definition, relevance, practice, and meaning of Daoism as lived today in a hyper-materialistic China and in a hyper-individualistic United States.”
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