Art of the Bedchamber: The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts

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This is the first comprehensive anthology of the Chinese sexology classics, the world's oldest and most advanced tradition of sexual yoga. While remaining accessible to the general reader, the translation of these texts, most never before translated in toto and some only recently unearthed in China, sets new standards of accuracy and scholarly felicity.
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A comprehensive anthology of Chinese texts on sexual yoga, most translated in toto for the first time here, and some only recently found. As in other spiritual guides, many apparently common words are in fact technical terms representing complex concepts. The goal is enlightenment through sex, rather than vice versa. Includes a substantial introduction. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791408865
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 995,794
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents


I. Motive and Focus

II. The Ethos of Chinese Sexual Practices

The Empirical Ground
The Metaphysical Ground
The Individual and the Imperial Ideals
The Battle of the Sexes
The Cult of Youth
Sexual Practices and Ethics
The Sexology Classics as Literature

III. Sexual Practices and Medicine

IV. Sexual Practices and Taoism

The Position of Sexual Practices in Taoism
The Vocabulary of Sexual Yoga
Sexual Practices and Meditation

V. Thematic Progressions

The Pleasure Principle
The Position of Women
Ejaculation Frequency and Control
Sexual Energy

VI. The Development of Chinese Sexology

Chinese Studies
Western Studies

VII. Conclusion


VIII. The Han Classics Rediscovered

"Uniting Yin and Yang"
"Discourse on the Highest Tao under Heaven"

IX. The Sui-T'ang Classics Reconstructed

The Classic of Su Nu
Prescriptions of Su Nu
Essentials of the Jade Chamber
Secrets of the Jade Chamber
Tung Hsuan tzu

X. Medical Manuals and Handbooks for Householders

"Health Benefits of the Bedchamber"
"The Dangers and Benefits of Intercourse with Women"
The Wondrous Discourse of Su Nu
True Classic of Perfect Union
Exposition of Cultivating the True Essence

XI. The Elixir Literature of Sexual Alchemy

Seeking Instruction on the Golden Elixir
Ture Transmission of the Golden Elixir
Summary of the Golden Elixir
Secret Principles of Gathering the True Essence
"The Rootless Tree"

XII. Women's Practices

Queen Mother of the West's Ten Percepts
Essentials of the Golden Elixir Method for Women
Master Li Ni-wan's Precious Raft for Women's Dual Practice
Correct Methods for Women's Practice



Appendix: Dates of the Dynasties


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