Shambhala Guide to Taoism

ISBN-10: 1570621691

ISBN-13: 9781570621697

Edition: 1997

Authors: Eva Wong

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This guide to the spiritual landscape of Taoism not only introduces the important events in the history of Taoism, the sages who wrote the Taoist texts, and the various schools of Taoist thinking, but also gives the reader a feel for what it means to practice Taoism today. The book is divided into three parts: "The History of Taoism" traces the development of the tradition from the shamans of prehistoric China through the classical period (including the teachings of the famous sage Lao-tzu), the beginnings of Taoism as a religion, the rise of mystical and alchemical Taoism, and the synthesis of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. "Systems of Taoism" explores magical sects, divination practices, devotional ceremonies, internal alchemy, and the way of right action. "Taoist Practices" discusses meditation, techniques of cultivating the body, and rites of purification, ceremony, and talismanic magic. A comprehensive bibliography for further study completes this valuable reference work.
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Illustrations and Tables
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)
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
Techniques for Cultivating the Body
Rites of Purification, Ceremony, and Talismanic Magic
Dynasties of China
Map of China
Bibliography of Further Readings
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