Note: The image of the sage with a staff above is used with permission of the Wandering Taoist Webring.

[ China - General ] [ Confucian Classics ] [ Taoist Sources ]
[ Japan - General ] [ Shinto ]

Taoist Sources

Chad Hansen's Chinese Philosophy Pages: Daoist Oriented Interpretations

Hong Kong U. scholar's research on Daoist philosophy includes linguistic analysis of key concepts, translation of Chuang Tzu and articles on Mohism & Legalism.

Dao de Jing

Charles Muller's translation of the Tao te Ching.

Daoism Depot

Po-han Lin's hub of the wandering Taoist web ring holds the largest e-archive of versions of Taoist scriptures (including streaming audio), illustrations of Taoist calligraphy, & a forum for Taoist discussion.

Daoist Studies

International scholarly portal to Taoist research provides an extensive searchable bibliography & links to on-line syllabi of courses on Taoism (Queens U, Ontario CA).

On Response & Retribution

T. Suzuki & P. Carus' 1906 translation of the Taoist ethical aphorisms of T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien & appended fables [Internet Sacred Text Archive].


Richard Hooker surveys Taoist history & contrasts principles with Confucian (page from Anthology of World Cultures).

Taoism & the Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan

Detailed introductions to Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, the development of Taoism, its religious practices, deities, neo-Taoism & its relation to Tai Chi (Christopher Majka).

Tao te Ching

Rick Harbaugh presents the Taoist classic in Chinese characters (no special font required) with linked English translation & lexical notes to aid readers in deciphering characters. A great tool for anyone learning Chinese (Yale U).

The Texts of Taoism

Vols. 39 & 40 of Sacred Books of the East present James Legge's 1891 translation of the Tao te Ching, Chuang Tzu & other Taoist texts [Internet Sacred Text Archive].

Tract of the Quiet Way

T. Suzuki & P. Carus' 1906 translation of the Yin Chih Wen [Internet Sacred Text Archive].

Japan - General

Aino Folk-Tales

B. H. Chamberlain's 1888 collection of the legends, fables & myths of the primitive hunter-gatherers indigenous to Hokkaido [Internet Sacred Text Archive].

Contemporary Papers on Japanese Religion

Index to collections of essays on matsuri, kami (deities), new religions & folk beliefs in Japan published by the Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics.

Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics

Research center focused mainly on religion & folklore publishes the electronic newsletter Religion in Modern Asia & other on-line publications (Kakaguin University).

Japan, an Attempt at Interpretation

Complete e-version of  Lafcadio Hearn's 1904 discussion of Shinto's relation to Buddhism & Christianity [Internet Sacred Text Archive].

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

Nanzan Institute publishes scholarly articles on topics ranging from folk religion & Tendai Buddhism to religion & contemporary society.  On-line issues from 1974+.


Basic Terms of Shinto

Award-winning searchable e-glossary published by the Institute for Japanese Culture & Classics.

Encyclopedia of Shinto

Searchable e-archive with entries on history, shrines, deities, rites, institutions, beliefs & practices & the role of the emperor [posted by Kokugakuin U].

The Kojiki

Plain vanilla e-edition of B. H. Chamberlain's 1882 translation of Shinto myths & legends [Internet Sacred Text Archive].

The Nihongi

Excerpts from W. G. Ashton's 1896 translation of the 8th c. collection of Shinto legends tracing the descent of Japan's rulers from the gods (Comparative Religion).


Richard Hooker's on-line Anthology of World Cultures surveys revival of "nativist" Japanese religion stemming from Tokugawa period (includes Shinto Creation Stories).

The Yengishiki

Incantations from Shinto rituals of fire, wind, harvest, travel & purification [Internet Sacred Text Archive].


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