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Of Daoist Flights and Chinese Fantasies

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Of Daoist Flights and Chinese Fantasies

Featuring JACK MILES and JAMES ROBSON discussing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Daoist Bodily Cultivation in the new Norton Anthology of World Religions

This event includes a book signing.

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Harvard Book Store welcomes University of California at Irvine professor JACK MILES and Harvard University professor JAMES ROBSON for a discussion of The Norton Anthology of World Religions. This event is co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.

This magisterial Norton Anthology, edited by world-renowned scholars under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Miles, offers a portable library of more than 1,000 primary texts from the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism (Volume 1); Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Volume 2). The anthology brings together foundational works—the Bhagavad Gita, the Daodejing, the Bible, the Qur’an—with the writings of scholars, seekers, believers, and skeptics whose voices over centuries have kept these religions vital. To help readers encounter strikingly unfamiliar texts with pleasure, this Norton Anthology provides accessible introductions, headnotes, annotations, pronouncing glossaries, maps, illustrations, and chronologies. It also includes a dazzling general introduction by Jack Miles that questions whether religion can be defined and illuminates how world religions came to be acknowledged and studied, absorbed and altered, understood and misunderstood.

For readers of any religion or none, The Norton Anthology of World Religions opens new worlds that, as Miles writes, invite us all “to see others with a measure of openness, empathy, and good will…In that capacity lies the foundation of human sympathy and cultural wisdom.”

This talk will be followed by a screening of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON at 8pm. Tickets for the screening are available separately here.

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Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California at Irvine, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning GOD: A Biography and Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God. He lives in Irvine, California.

Photo Credit: Ted Adams


James Robson, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, is the author of Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak in Medieval China. His current research includes a project on the history of the confluence of Buddhist monasteries and mental hospitals.

Photo Credit: Rod Searcey