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Taoism and self knowledge : the chart for the cultivation of perfection (Xiuzhen tu)

Author: Catherine Despeux; J E E Pettit
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston, MA : Brill, [2018]
Series: Sinica Leidensia, v. 142.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Catherine Despeux's book is a study of the Internal Alchemical text "Chart for the Cultivation of Perfection." It begins with an analysis of pictographic and symbolic representation of the body in early Taoism after which the author examines different extant versions of the "Chart" as it was transmitted among Quanzhen groups in the Qing dynasty. The book is comprised of four main parts: the principal parts of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Scientific atlases
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Despeux, Catherine, author.
Taoism and self knowledge
Leiden ; Boston, MA : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2018049610
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Despeux; J E E Pettit
ISBN: 9789004322158 9004322159
OCLC Number: 1043574225
Language Note: In English translated from the original French.
Notes: "This work originally appeared as Taoisme et connaissance de soi in 2012. Guy Tredaniel Editeur (c) Paris, 2012"-- Title verso.
Description: xiv, 297 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, facsimiles ; 25 cm.
Contents: Chinese inner alchemy and body maps --
Different versions of the chart for the cultivation of perfection (Xiuzhen tu) --
A description of the chart for the cultivation of perfection --
The main alchemical loci inscribed in the chart for the cultivation of perfection --
The body, world of deities according to the chart for the cultivation of perfection --
Alchemical methods according to the chart for the cultivation of perfection --
Thunder processes illustrated by the chart for the cultivation of perfection.
Series Title: Sinica Leidensia, v. 142.
Other Titles: Taoisme et connaissance de soi.
Responsibility: by Catherine Despeux ; translated by Jonathan Pettit.

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"Catherine Despeux's book is a study of the Internal Alchemical text "Chart for the Cultivation of Perfection." It begins with an analysis of pictographic and symbolic representation of the body in early Taoism after which the author examines different extant versions of the "Chart" as it was transmitted among Quanzhen groups in the Qing dynasty. The book is comprised of four main parts: the principal parts of the body and their nomenclature in Internal Alchemy, the spirits in the human body, and the alchemical processes and procedures used in thunder rituals and self-cultivation. This is a revised, expanded edition of the original French edition Taoïsme et connaissance de soi. La carte de la culture de la perfection (Xiuzhen tu) Paris, 2012"--

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