Religious Tolerance logo

Taoism (a.k.a. Daoism)

Information sources on Taoism:
web sites, and popular books

Sponsored link.

Taoist web sites:

bullet Tai Chi:

bullet "Is Tai Chi the Ultimate Exercise?," an essay on Tai Chi at:
bullet "The International Taoist Tai Chi Society" ' is the largest non-profit Tai Chi group in the world. See:

bullet Taoist message board, discussion forum, etc:

bullet Beliefnet has a Taoist Community forum" at: Threads include "Reading Tao Te Ching for the first time," "Questions about Taoism." "Religion or philosophy?" "Zen and Taoosm: a Connection?"

bullet The "real Tao" message board is a "brand new Taoist Forum" at:

bullet A Taoist discussion forum named in the spirit of Jack Keroac and the Dharma Bums, is at It is a "Friendly, active, nonsectarian discussion forum for Taoism, qigong, tai chi, yoga, meditation and much more!"

bullet Taoist web sites:

bullet The Center TaoTaoist Thought and Fellowship in Santa Cruz, CA provides monthly meetings and an extensive forum. See:

bullet Daoist Arts contains essays on Daoist History, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Qigong and other Taoist matters. They have a free newsletter. See:

bullet Bill Mason's Taoism Page is at: This web site emphasizes the practical application of the Tao to everyday life.

bullet Maury Merkin, "Daoism in brief," is at: This website offers a brief introduction to Taoism and a glossary of terms.

bullet This website is dedicated to Purist Taoism in the tradition and wisdom of Lao-Tzu.

bullet Jeff Rasmussen's Tao Te Ching web site features an illustrated Tao Te Ching, an introduction to Taoism, and links. See:
bullet Reform Taoism has an excellent web site which publishes their creed and beliefs on dozens of important topics. See:
bullet Sacred Mountain Press publishes Taoist works. Their "... goal is to make interesting, beautiful, and reliable Taoist information as accessible to the general public as that of any other major religious or spiritual tradition." See:
bullet The "Tao Directory" contains a multitude of sections, on Taoism itself, Taoist texts Astrology, Sexuality, Philosophers, art, acupuncture, Feng Shui, martial arts and travel. See:

bullet "The Taoist Canon: A guide to studies and reference works" at:

bullet The "Taoism Depot" contains a Taoism discussion forum, live chat and a wide range of resources. See:

bullet The "Taoism Information Page" is at:

bullet The "Taoism Depot" contains a Taoism discussion forum, live chat and a wide range of resources. See:

bullet The Taoism Initiation Page has a great deal of information about Taoism and a Taoism course that leads to initiation. is at:

bullet  The Taoist Restoration Society (TRS) is "a U.S. nonprofit corporation dedicated to the rehabilitation and rebirth of China's Taoist tradition." See: Offline as of 2007-AUG-29

Sponsored link:

Books on Taoism:

  • Three Pines Press is a publisher of books on Taoism. See:

  • Books are available at, often at 22% or more off the list price:
    • Book cover "Be Enlightened! A Guidebook to the Tao Te Ching and Taoist Meditation: Your Six-Month Journey to Spiritual Enlightenment," by Wes Burgess. Published by CreateSpace, (2010). The author's product description reads:

      "Spiritual enlightenment is an advanced state of awareness that reveals the true nature of the world around you- this enlightened awareness helps you make the world a better place for you and all other living creatures. Be Enlightened! explains how enlightenment originated in early human history, how it became obscured during the evolution of the human mind, and how you can regain this enlightened awareness that was lost to our ancestors so many years ago. Be Enlightened! reveals the modern psychology and biology underlying the enlightenment experience and provides you with step-by-step instructions to attain your own enlightenment as soon as possible. The spiritual center of Be Enlightened! is a new annotated interpretation of the 2500-year-old Tao Te Ching that makes it easy to understand and use as a tool to attain your enlightenment. Be Enlightened! also teaches an ancient form of Taoist meditation described by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching. This combination has been tested in my work with thousands of individuals. I have organized everything for you into a six-month journey that will shift your personal growth into high gear. Regardless of your own preferred type of spirituality, Be Enlightened! will help bring you closer to your own highest spiritual power. You can possess the great treasure that wise men and women have been searching for throughout history. This will be the greatest journey of your life. Let's get started now!" Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store

    •  Book cover Benjamin Hoff, "The Tao of Pooh," Penguin (1983). Read reviews or order this book

    • Book cover Livia Kohn, Ed., "Daoist Identity: History, Lineage and Ritual." University of Hawaii  Press, (2002). Read reviews or order this book

    • Book cover James Miller, "Daoism: A short introduction," Oneworld, (2003-June). Read reviews or order this book

Additional books on Taoism that you can safely order from's online book store:

If you see a generic Amazon ad here, please click on your browser's refresh key.

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Our Creed," at: 
  2. "Our Beliefs," Reform Taoist Congregation at:
  3. Arthur P. Wolf, "Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors," Pages 131-182; as quoted in Judith A. Berling, "Taoism, or the Way," at:
  4. "Taoism," at:
  5.  "Where does the Yin Yang Symbol come from?" Chinese Fortune Calendar, at:
  6. "The Ying Yang symbol: What does it mean?" at: (apparently offline)
  7. "Taoism," The Interfaith Center of New York is at:
  8. From a personal Email to
  9. Alan Watts, "Tao - The Watercourse-Way", Pantheon Books, (1975), Page 21.
  10. "Tao te Ching, "The Nature of Polarity by Alan Watts,", at:
  11. "Daoism or Taoism?" Daoist ARts, at:

Not a sponsored link

Beliefnet Free Newsletters

Receive a daily dose of wisdom, humor, inspiration and more.

Beliefnet is a multifaith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way. They are independent and are not affiliated with a particular religion or spiritual movement.

You can choose from among:

bullet Ten newsletters that deal with "tools for living."
bullet Eight dealing with "religious wisdom" from a variety of faiths.
bullet Five dealing with "Inspiration."

Site navigation:

Home page > World Religions > Taoism > here

Copyright 1995 to 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original publishing date: 1995-JUN-3
Latest update on: 2011-AUG-16
Author. B.A. Robinson

line.gif (538 bytes)
Sponsored link

Go to the previous page, or to the Taoism menu, or choose:

Custom Search

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Purchase a CD of this web site

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

Twitter link

Facebook icon

GooglePage Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.

privacy policy