Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, chairman of philosophy and director of Asian Studies, will give two public talks in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Distinguished Lecture Series at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. on Feb. 25 and 26. The two talks examine the records of the numinal experiences of the masters of the dao contained in Daoist classical and canonical texts. Littlejohn explores the connections between the experiences and the physical locations in which they occurred: underground chambers, caves, and grottoes. In addition to linking these activities to seminal texts such as the Daodejing and Zhuangzi, he argues that this connection continues throughout later Daoist lineage histories. He also explores comparisons between Daoist and similar experiences recorded of Biblical and ancient Greek figures.
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