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“Daoji” and “Ai”: An Investigation into the intellectual history of two Daoist concepts


December 07, 2017

In the history of Daoist thought, the concept of Daoji 盜機 was developed by exegetes of the Yinfu jing 陰符經 (Scripture of the Hidden Accordance) and described an important approach to self-cultivation related to ming 命 (life) and affirmed the right of human beings to control the environment within the limits of reason. Alternatively, the ai 愛 theory (慈愛觀), advocated by the Chongxuan 重玄 school, absorbed Buddhist ideas and related the central way of self-cultivation to xing 性 (inner nature) and had a mostly non-anthropocentric perspective on ecology. These two concepts were quite different though not entirely separate and serve to  illustrate the considerable diversity in Daoist schools of thought.



Dr. Yang Zilu is currently a visiting scholar in the David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Professor Paul Crowe (Chair, SFU Department of Humanities). He teaches in the School of Political Science and Public Management at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. Dr. Yang completed his doctoral work in Daoist studies in the renowned Religious Studies Department of Sichuan University. His research and publications include work on Daoist ecological ethics, the Daoist understanding of freedom, the relationship between doctrine and ritual among Lingbao 靈寶Daoists, and how Daoist practice and doctrine are related to Mathematics and Astronomy.


楊子路,西門菲沙大學林思齊國際交流中心訪問學者,導師為人文系主任高保羅(Paul Crowe)教授。 2013年畢業於四川大學宗教學研究所,獲哲學博士學位。現任教於西南大學政治與公共管理學院哲學系(中國重慶),從事道教研究,在《中國哲學史》《宗教學研究》及台灣《哲學與文化》等專業期刊發表關於道教觀念史、靈寶等道派儀式實踐與算學天學關係等方面的論文十餘篇。


  • SFU David Lam Centre
  • Richmond Public Library

Thursday, December 7, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Richmond Public Library (Brighouse Branch)
100 - 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC
2nd Floor Community Place Room

This lecture will be conducted in Mandarin.

Registration Required. Please click here.

Call 604.231.6462 for enquiry.