Like no other eBook! A work of art.
In this lovingly crafted eBook, Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo present their take on Primordial Qigong, as taught by Master Zhu Hui, emphasizing the role the mind (intention) plays in the alchemical process inherent in this form, to help you find the Fountain of Youth.
If interested, please take a look at the announcement by the publisher, Columbia University Press, which is to be found at their website (I needed 25 words):
The second volume of JDS has just appeared. To order, go to www.threepinespress.com
Reading Zhuangzi Eco-Philosophically 1
Eating Your Way to Immortality: Early Daoist Self-Cultivation Diets 32
Mapping the Daoist Body (2): The Text of the Neijing tu 64
Lord Lao’s Mountain: From Celestial Master Daoism to
Contemporary Daoist Practice 109
Wan -Li Ho
Daoist Nuns in Taiwan: A Case Study of the Daode yuan 137
Forum on Contemporary Practice
The Dao Is Not for Sale 167
Daoist Methods for Dissolving the Heart-Mind 177
edited by Livia Kohn and Robin R. Wang
Three Pines Press, January 2009; US$ 29.95. www.threepinespress.com
Internal alchemy (neidan) has been the dominant system of Daoist spiritual practice since the Song dynasty, when it was defined as the complex integration of multiple forms of Daoist self-cultivation. Its practitioners transform body energies into subtle levels of spirit and pure cosmic being, hoping to find illumination by returning to the fundamental order of the cosmos and in the process reconcile physiological training with intellectual speculation.
Bringing together the best work of leading scholars in the field, this book provides, for the first time in English, a thorough and easily accessible introduction to this important tradition. The book begins with a a general survey of the body cultivation methods that form the backbone of internal alchemy and an analysis of its understanding of the human body and the terminology it employs. Next, it presents the historical development of the tradition with its major schools and a detailed discussion of key concepts, such as mind, inner nature, and destiny.
James Miller. The Way of Highest Clarity: Nature, Vision and Revelation in Medieval China, Magdalena, NM: Three PInes Press, 2008. Distributed by University of Hawai'i Press. US$29.95. ISBN 978-1-931483-09-4
The Way of Highest Clarity was a Daoist religious movement that flourished for a thousand years in medieval China. This book explains its chief religious ideas and practices through three key texts, translated into English for the first time.
The Esoteric Biography of Perfected Purple Yang documents the life of a Daoist saint who travels through China encountering a wealth of immortals and gods who aid him in his quest for transcendence. They transmit esoteric scriptures to him, including theCentral Scripture of the Nine Perfected, also translated here. This text explains a meditation technique that involves visualizing gods descending into the organs of the body at certain times of the year. The book also translates the preface to the Perfect Scripture of the Great Grotto, a theological reflection on the practices of Highest Clarity, which connects the tradition back to the fundamental principles of the Dao.
Together with the introductory essays on the concepts of nature, vision and revelation, the book provides an overview of a unique and fascinating religious imagination, which will be of interest to anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of China’s cultural heritage.: