Early Daoist Scriptures / Edition 1

Early Daoist Scriptures / Edition 1

by Stephen R. Bokenkamp, Peter Nickerson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520219317

ISBN-13: 9780520219311

Pub. Date: 06/29/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

In Early Daoist Scriptures, Stephen Bokenkamp introduces the reader to ancient scriptures never before published in the West, providing a systematic and easily accessible introduction to early Daoism (2d-6th century C.E.). Representative works from each of the principal Daoist traditions comprise the basic structure of the book, with each chapter accompanied by an…  See more details below

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In Early Daoist Scriptures, Stephen Bokenkamp introduces the reader to ancient scriptures never before published in the West, providing a systematic and easily accessible introduction to early Daoism (2d-6th century C.E.). Representative works from each of the principal Daoist traditions comprise the basic structure of the book, with each chapter accompanied by an introduction that places the material within a historical and cultural context. Included are translations of the earliest Daoist commentary to Laozi's Daode jing (Tao Te Ching); historical documents relating the history of the early Daoist church; a petitioning ritual used to free believers from complaints brought against them by the dead; and two complete scriptures, one on individual meditation practice and another designed to rescue humanity from the terrors of hell through recitation of its powerful charms. In addition, Bokenkamp elucidates the connections Daoism holds with other schools of thought, particularly Confucianism and Buddhism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520219311
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/29/1999
Series:
Daoist Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
520
Sales rank:
989,279
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Preface
Celestial Masters
Shangqing
Lingbao
The Worldview of the Daoist Religion
The Xiang'er Commentary to the Laozi
Commands and Admonitions for the Families
Scripture of the Inner Explanations of the Three Heavens
The Great Petition for Sepulchral Plaints
The Upper Scripture of Purple Texts Inscribed by the Spirits
The Wondrous Scripture of the Upper Chapters on Limitless Salvation
List of Abbreviations
Glossary of Chinese Characters
Works Cited
Index

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