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Taoism : an essential guide

Author: Eva Wong
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the first time, the great depth and diversity of Taoist spirituality is introduced in a single, accessible manual. Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Wong
ISBN: 9781590308820 1590308824
OCLC Number: 642843256
Description: x, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: History of Taoism. Shamanic origins (3000-800 BCE) --
The classical period (700-220 BCE) --The transformation of Taoism from philosophy into organized religion (20 BCE-600 CE) --
The rise of mystical Taoism (300-600 CE) --
The development of alchemical Taoism (200-1200 CE) --
The synthesis of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism (1000 CE-present) --
Systems of Taoism. Magical Taoism : the way of power --
Divinational Taoism : the way of seeing --
Ceremonial Taoism : the way of devotion --
Internal-alchemical Taoism : the way of transformation --
Action and Karma Taoism : the way of right action --
Taoist practices. Meditation --
Techniques for cultivating the body --
Rites of purification, ceremony, and talismanic magic.
Responsibility: Eva Wong.

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For the first time, the great depth and diversity of Taoist spirituality is introduced in a single, accessible manual. Taoism, known widely today through the teachings of the classic Tao Te Ching and the practices of t'ai chi and feng-shui, is less known for its unique traditions of meditation, physical training, magical practice, and internal alchemy. Covering all of the most important texts, figures, and events, this essential guide illuminates Taoism's extraordinarily rich history and remarkable variety of practice. A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work -- Provided by publisher.

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