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July 2019

Early Daoist Dietary Practices: Pathways to Health and Longevity—Shawn Arthur, Ph.D.

July 27 - July 28

Shawn will explore the classical text, Lingbao Wufuxu (The Preface to the Five Lingbao Talismans of Numinous Treasure), a fifth-century manual of herbal-based, immortality-oriented recipes, to explore Daoist ideas of the body’s composition and mutability, health and disease, interactions with the spirit realm, and immortality. Much as the modern Western world is concerned with diets, health, and anti- aging remedies, early medieval Chinese Daoists also actively sought to improve health and increase longevity through dietary practices. Students will explore how…

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