'About the Tao' is a website introducing some of the basic principles of Taoism to an audience presumed to have no prior knowledge. The author briefly discusses the legend of Lao Tzu before tackling some of the issues raised by his work, the Tao Te Ching. There are pages on Taoist imagery, Yin and Yang, the three treasures, sexism, leadership, and further pages comparing Taoism with other belief systems such as Christianity, Buddhism, and secular western philosophy. Each page is illustrated but brief. The site also features a set of 360-degree interactive panoramas of a temple and courtyard. Other sections of the site include: extracts from the Tao (in Chinese and in translation); a buyers' guide to some modern editions; an email newsletter; links to other sites; and a downloads centre. The downloads section consists of a desktop theme, wallpaper, and a Taoist screen saver for the user's computer.
The Golden Elixir is an excellent online introduction to Taoism and Chinese Alchemy, maintained by Fabrizio Pregadio, author of reference works on Chinese tradition and religion. The resource is divided into pages on Taoism and Alchemy, each featuring a textual introduction to its subject, short descriptions of Taoist and Chinese Alchemy texts, and short online essays. In addition, the Taoist section of the resource also provides publication details of Pregadio's Encyclopedia of Taoism. Pregadio introduces the main concepts and personalities in Taoism concisely, even though the website does seem to be a vehicle to promote his publishing company, Golden Elixir Press. Subjects covered by the resource include: the roots of Taoism; revelations in Taoism; the human being in Taoism; bibliographies on Taoism and Alchemy; concepts in Taoist Alchemy; and Alchemy, the body and meditation. The website also features a well-maintained links page, and acts as a gateway to reference resources, online texts, and secondary sources on East Asian religions. The Golden Elixir would be of value to first year undergraduates, to contribute to their understanding of Chinese philosophy and belief.
J.B. Hare established the Internet Sacred Text Archive to make public domain religious and mythological texts available to the interested reader. It brings together material collected by the archive itself with a variety of links from other primary resource sites on the Internet to form one of the largest and far reaching electronic text resources available anywhere. With a somewhat eclectic selection in content, the site includes everything from English translations of the sacred texts of African, Australian, and North American indigenous cultures to Eastern, Neo-Pagan and Occult traditions. Judeo-Christian and Islamic resources are also well represented. The archive is still growing, with new texts added on a regular basis. The need to avoid material which is still in copyright means that many of the translations date from over a hundred years ago, but the variety of resources in translation makes the site invaluable to those lacking extensive foreign language skills who wish to rapidly familiarise themselves with a specific tradition. This site is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to locate an electronic English-language version of a significant religious text from almost any religious tradition.