Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion [NOOK Book]


Using a wide variety of original sources, this book examines how and why early Taoists carried out such ascetic practices as fasting, celibacy, sleep deprivation, and wilderness seclusion.
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Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion

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Using a wide variety of original sources, this book examines how and why early Taoists carried out such ascetic practices as fasting, celibacy, sleep deprivation, and wilderness seclusion.
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Eskildsen religion, The Chinese U. of Hong Kong enlightens readers on the first century C.E. convergence of diverse beliefs and ascetic practices in the origins of the immortality seekers known as Taoists. He describes the lives of particular ascetics some were hardly celibate! depicted in first-sixth century texts, Taoist methods of fasting so the body may become the pure abode of sacred deities, and criticisms of heretical asceticism in the Yuqing jing. Summary information on the Lingbao Scriptures is appended. Revised from a doctoral dissertation U. of British Columbia, 1994. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438402154
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 1,022 KB

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Lives of Taoist Ascetics (1) - Depictions in the Liexian zhuan and Shenxian zhuan 15
3 The Lives of Taoist Ascetics (2) - Depictions in the Daoxue zhuan 31
4 Taoist Methods of Fasting 43
The Fasting Regimen of the Zhonghuang jing 44
The Fasting Regimens of the Daoji tuna jing and Tuna jing 51
Imbibing the Five Qi 53
Imbibing the Essences of the Sun and Moon 56
Talisman Swallowing 58
Sucking on a Seed 59
Drug Recipes 60
Final Comments 67
5 Asceticism in the Shangqing Texts 69
The Buddhist Influence 72
Non-Buddhistic Reasons for Celibacy 75
Gaining Divine Sympathy 79
Evils in the Worldly Environment 84
The Place of Asceticism in the Hierarchy of Spiritual Progress 90
The Glorification of Suicidal Methods 92
6 Asceticism in the Lingbao Scriptures 95
The New Saintly Ideal 96
Precepts and Retreats 105
A Soteriological Puzzle 121
7 Criticisms of Heretical Asceticism in the Yuqing jing 129
8 Conclusion 153
App Summary Information on the Lingbao Scriptures Cited in Chapter Six 161
Notes 167
Bibliography 203
Index 215
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