The 2019 Symposium of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) and The 10th Anniversary of Laozi Research Institute of Sichuan University, directed by Chinese Taoist Association and jointly organized by the editorial committee of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) and Laozi Research Institute of Sichuan University, was held in Kehuayuan Hotel. The symposium was attended by leaders from The United Front Work Department of CPC Central Committee, as well as nearly 150 representatives from Chinese Taoist Association, Japanese Taoist Association, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Renmin University of China, Sichuan University, Kaohsiung Normal University and Fung Ying Seen Koon. Wang Jianguo, Party Secretary of Sichuan University, and Li Guangfu, President of Chinese Taoist Association, delivered speeches at the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was presided over by Gai Jianmin, a distinguished professor of The Yangtze River Scholars and director of the Institute of Taoism and Religious Culture of Sichuan University
Wang Jianguo pointed out that humanities and social sciences is the traditional advantageous discipline of Sichuan University, which has a long history and profound foundation. Especially, the research on Taoism in Sichuan University, which is rooted in the Bashu area with strong Taoist culture tradition, has emerged a large number of outstanding scholars and produced a series of landmark academic achievements. Wang Jianguo further pointed out that the compilation of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) is an important mission. As the leading unit of the project, Sichuan University attaches great importance to the implementation of the project. He hoped that all leaders, experts and eminent Taoists will continue to give support and guidance to the compilation of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) and the forum can become a major academic brand in the field of Taoism research at home and abroad.
Li Guangfu pointed out that the compilation and publication of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) has become a systematic project for the development of Taoist culture in the new era. Li said 2019 is the first year for the compilation and publication of the book. Under the leadership of the Party and the country, Chinese Taoist Association and all Chinese Taoists will support the project. He hoped that the team of the project will work together to complete the phased achievements of this year, and contribute more wisdom and strength to the 70th anniversary of the founding of new China, the development of Taoism in the new era, and the realization of the Two Centenary Goals" and Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
The guest representatives made speeches successively, and spoke highly of the great practical significance and role of the compilation and publication of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) undertaken by Sichuan University as the academic leading unit, and the fruitful achievements made by Laozi Research Institute of Sichuan University in the past ten years since its establishment.
After the opening ceremony, the symposium held the keynote speech. Experts and scholars present, standing at the academic frontier, conducted in-depth discussions and exchanges on the compilation and research of Collection Books of Chinese Taoism(Sequels) and the history, figures, schools and thoughts of Taoism over the past hundred years, and put forward many constructive suggestions on accelerating compilation and publication of the book.