The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies is a theological and educational organization dedicated to teaching classical Taoism. Since its establishment in 1979, the Center has maintained one of the few authentic Taoist temples outside of China, known as The Temple of Original Simplicity. It is the only Taoist temple in Greater Boston.  The following pictures are of some of the Taoist artifacts housed in the temple.

Pictures courtesy of the Center of Traditional Taoist Studies.


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Though there are significant Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean immigrant communities in Greater Boston, East Asian traditions such as Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintō are difficult to survey as there are very few religious centers. These traditions are deeply imbedded in the unique history, geography, and culture of their native countries and are often practiced in forms that are not limited to institutional or communal settings. Read full essay