Practical Taoism

ISBN-10: 1570622000
ISBN-13: 9781570622007
Edition: 1996
Authors: Thomas Cleary
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Description: This collection of teachings and commentaries aims to illuminate the many mysteries of inner alchemy, one of the most important dimensions of the Taoist tradition.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

This collection of teachings and commentaries aims to illuminate the many mysteries of inner alchemy, one of the most important dimensions of the Taoist tradition.

Translator's Preface
Introduction
Essential Sayings to Assist Potential
The Way of Eternal Life through Perception of Vital Spirit
Alchemy Takes Its Rules from Creation
Foundations of Alchemy
A Point Falls into the Yellow Court
Alchemical Ingredients
Basic Vitality
Basic Vitality Is Sexual Vitality
Basic Energy Produces Basic Vitality
Detachment from Emotional Consciousness to Nurture Basic Harmony
Alchemy Requires Interruption of Craving
Basic Spirit Using Medicine
The Basic Spirit Is the Thinking Spirit
The Opening of the Mysterious Pass
The Handle of Alchemy
Alchemical Operations
The Bellows
Sixty Hexagrams Symbolizing the Alchemical Firing Process
Symbolizing the Firing Process by the Year, Month, and Day, Humanity and Duty, Joy and Anger, Reward and Punishment
Intent As the Go-Between
The Way of Seeing Vital Spirit and Perpetuating Life
The River Source Where Medicine Is Produced
The Receptive Is the Abode of the Way
Yang Disburses, Yin Receives
Congealing Spirit in the Energy Aperture
Turning the Light Around to Illumine Inwardly
Beginning Work on Turning the Light Around to Illumine Inwardly
The Womb Breath
The Primal
The Arising of Positive Energy
Culling
Keeping the Attention on Heaven
The Central Path
The Firing Process
Incubation
Punishment and Reward
Refining the Spirit
Crystallizing the Elixir
Release from the Matrix
Returning to the Origin
Twin Cultivation of Essence and Life

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