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Daoism Today Conference

Daoism Today: Science, Health, Ecology

Sixth International Conference on Daoist Studies

Loyola Marymount University, June 2-6, 2010

The sixth in a series of major conferences on Daoist studies and modern application, this continues a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), and Mt. Wudang (2009).

This year’s location is the spectacular campus of LMU in Los Angeles, with its scenic overlook of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to the airport and California sightseeing.

The theme is the application of Daoist theory and practice in the world today. Preferred topics include: Daoism in relation to science, medicine, cultivation, spirituality, history, culture, arts, music, ecology, ethics, and more.

Sponsors: Loyola Marymount University, Hong Kong Taoist Assn., Yosan University

CEUs: Continuing Education Units are available for Oriental Medicine professionals.

Presentations: individual papers (20 mins) or complete panels, with three papers plus chair, discussant (2 hour session).

Workshops: 2 hours, with emphasis on practice and experience

Language: English, some Chinese

Panels: Daoism and: Art; Business; Dietetics; Ecology; Ethics; Internal Alchemy; Leadership Education; Meditation; New World; Thunder Rites; Psychology; Thunder Rites; Women’s Health;Yijing

Worshops: Applied Qi; Astrology; Bagua zhang; Breathing Practice; Daoist Music; Management Applications; Open Body Qigong; Women’s Qigong

Schedule: After participants arrive on Wednesday, June 2, the conference begins on Thursday, June 3, at 9 a.m., with a plenary session.  Panels will open at 10:30 a.m. and continue, with a break on Friday afternoon after 3 pm, through Sunday morning.  A concluding forum will take place on Sunday, at 12 noon.

Keynotes: Livia Kohn, “A Win-Win World: Where Science, Politics, and Daoism Meet”

Hu Fuchen, “Daoism in China: Contributions to a New Millennium”

Fee: US $120 (participation, program, abstracts, two dinners, entertainment)

Payable at registration.

After March 1, 2010: $160.

Refunds: 80% until Feb. 1, 2010; 50% until May 1, 2010. No refunds after 5/1.

Note: You will not be put into the program until registration is complete and fee paid

Part-time: US $40 per day, for Friday or Sunday (includes lunch)

US $50 per day, for Thursday or Saturday (includes lunch and dinner)

To reserve: Go to www.paypal.com and send to daoconf@gmail.com

Please indicate which day(s) you wish to attend.

Or pay cash/check at the door.

Registration: email daoconf@gmail.com, providing the following information:



Email address


Paper title (if presenting)

On-campus room & board (db, sg)


On Campus: BOOK BEFORE Nov. 20, 2009

Room & board (4-day package, incl. breakfast and lunch in dining hall)

US $240.00 (double occupancy)

—deposit $120 at registration, remainder due March 1, 2010

US $400.00 (single occupancy)

—deposit $200 at registration, remainder due March 1, 2010

Nearby: Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, www.customhotel.com

Tel: 310-645-0400; Fax: 310-645-0700; in walking distance

If booked through LMU, US $110 for two people per night, no food

Contact Robin Wang: rwang@lmu.edu

Other: Many local motels and commercial places. Some as low as US $49 per room.

Check the web to find.

For drivers: free parking underneath the conference venue at  1 LMU Drive

Lunch: dining hall, full buffet, many options: US $12 per day, reserve in advance

on-campus delis, coffee shops: open only Thu and Fri

nearby restaurants: walk 15 minutes or so one way

bring your own brown bag


BY CHECK: make payable to “ADC”, mail to:

Robin Wang, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

One LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045-4359

BY CREDIT CARD: go to www.daoiststudies.org, follow link to “Conferences,” then click “ADD TO CART” button for PayPal (Note: processing fee applies)

Deadlines: March 15, 2010:   abstracts for papers  (no late submissions!)

May 1, 2010:   schedule and abstracts e-mailed and posted

Scholarships: fee waiver plus free on-campus housing (double occupancy) for

—graduate students or new Ph.D.s

—advanced students or new Lc.A.s

—Chinese scholars

—Daoist recluses

To apply, write to daoconf@gmail.com, providing:

name, address, school, status (graduation date), supervisor, research project or

Daoist lineage/temple, paper abstract or workshop outline

Book Sales: Tables for book sales in the main hall of the conference are available

for $30.00 (unless presenting a workshop, fee waived).

Apply by writing to daoconf@gmail.com.

A book signing event is scheduled Saturday at 5:30-6:30 pm.

Advertising: To place an ad in the conference program, please contact us at:

daoconf@gmail.com. Cost is $30.00 for a half page (6×9 format)

Text and illustrations need to be in Word (.doc) format.