Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women / Edition 2

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Immortal Sisters presents life stories and teachings of distinguished female Taoist adepts who lived from the third to twelfth centuries. Among them is the poet and mystic Sun Bu-er, who passed into folklore as one of the famous Seven Immortals and appears as a character in countless popular novels of China. These accomplished women, renowned in their own day and in history, represent a uniquely female heritage of spiritual mastery. Through poems, stories, teachings, and commentaries, Immortal Sisters sheds light on the spiritual methods taught and practiced by these women and illustrates the importance of the feminine in Taoism.

Demonstrates the accomplishments of six Taoist women from the 4th to 12th century. Sheds light on the spiritual methods used by these women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556432224
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,015,339
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cleary is highly regarded as one of the greatest contemporary translators of Asian texts. Among his translations are many classic texts of Buddhism, Taoism, and I Ching studies, including The Essential Tao, Awakening to the Tao, and The Buddhist I Ching. His works have been retranslated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish, Czech, Thai, Indonesian, Mandarin, and other modern languages.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Translator's Introduction
Pt. 1 Sun Bu-er
Fourteen Poems
Commentary
Gathering the Mind 7
Nurturing Energy 9
Carrying Out Practice 11
Cutting Off the Dragon 15
Cultivating the Elixir 19
The Womb Breath 22
The Convergence and the Fire 25
Grafting the Medicine 27
Refining the Spirit 31
Ingestion of the Medicine 34
Abstention from Grain 36
Facing a Wall 38
Projecting the Spirit 40
Flying 45
The Secret Texts
Unexcelled True Scripture of Inner Experiences of Jadelike Purity 46
True Scripture on Inner Nourishment of the Embryonic Basis of Jadelike Purity 49
Precious Treatise on Preservation of Unity on the Great Way 53
Pt. 2 Poetry of Female Real People: Alchemical Secrets of the Feminine Tao
Wu Cailuan 57
Fan Yunqiao 59
Cui Shaoxuan 63
Tang Guangzhen 67
Zhou Xuanjing 70
Sun Bu-er 74
Pt. 3 Spiritual Alchemy for Women 81
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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    powerful tribute to inspiring women

    Cleary gives a ringing tribute to some of the world's greatest women. He shows us a vast tradition of religion created by women, for women. It revolves around their values, their realities, and their inner continents. These traditions are passed down ear to ear in teaching lineages as long as China's history. Cleary displays the beauty and sanity of these women's spiritual paths, and shows why their wisdom has seemed invisible to grasping little emperors.

    --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

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