Cultivating Stillness

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Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and long life are the goals of the ancient Taoist tradition known as "internal alchemy," of which Cultivating Stillness is a key text. Written between the second and fifth centuries, the book is attributed to T'ai Shang Lao-chun—the legendary figure more widely known as Lao-Tzu, author of the Tao-te Ching . The accompanying commentary, written in the nineteenth century by Shui-ch'ing Tzu, explains the alchemical symbolism of the text and the methods for cultivating internal...
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Cultivating Stillness: A Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind

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Overview

Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and long life are the goals of the ancient Taoist tradition known as "internal alchemy," of which Cultivating Stillness is a key text. Written between the second and fifth centuries, the book is attributed to T'ai Shang Lao-chun—the legendary figure more widely known as Lao-Tzu, author of the Tao-te Ching . The accompanying commentary, written in the nineteenth century by Shui-ch'ing Tzu, explains the alchemical symbolism of the text and the methods for cultivating internal stillness of body and mind. A principal part of the Taoist canon for many centuries, Cultivating Stillness is still the first book studied by Taoist initiates today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877736875
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 703,548
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui; Tales of the Taoist Immortals; and Taoism: An Essential Guide.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Cultivating Stillness
1 Wu-chi 1
2 Wang-chi 9
3 T'ai-chi 15
4 The Three Realms of Existence 21
5 The Mind (Heart) of Tao 27
6 The Human Mind (Heart) 33
7 The Six Thieves 39
8 The Three Obstructions 45
9 The Nature of Emotion 53
10 Nothingness 61
11 Emptiness 67
12 Stillness and Original Nature 73
13 The True Way 81
14 The Mysterious Achievement 87
15 The Sacred Path 93
16 Waxing and Waning 99
17 Virtues 105
18 Forgetting the Mind 111
19 The Spirit 117
20 The Myriad World of Ten Thousand Things 123
21 Craving and Desire 129
22 Anxiety and Stress 139
23 Life and Death 145
24 Transcendence 151
About the Translator and Fung Loy Kok Taoist Temple 157
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you are a student of the tao, you should know of this book

    If you want to further your Taoist training, you should read this book a few times. Eva Wong does a great job brining us this book with her instructor at the time Mr. Moy Lin Shin requesting her to translate this piece for English speakers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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