Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism

Nourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism

by Eva Wong
     
 

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The teachings of Taoism, China's great wisdom tradition, apply to every aspect of life, from the physical to the spiritual—and include instruction on everything from lifestyle (a life of simplicity and moderation is best) to the work of inner alchemy that is said to lead to longevity and immortality.

Here, Eva Wong presents and explains three classic texts

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The teachings of Taoism, China's great wisdom tradition, apply to every aspect of life, from the physical to the spiritual—and include instruction on everything from lifestyle (a life of simplicity and moderation is best) to the work of inner alchemy that is said to lead to longevity and immortality.

Here, Eva Wong presents and explains three classic texts on understanding the Tao in the macrocosm of the universe and the microcosm of the body that provide an excellent overview of the three traditional levels of the Taoist teachings—Outer, Inner, and Secret. The Outer teachings are concerned with understanding the Tao as manifested in nature and society. They are easily accessible to the layperson and consist of the Taoist philosophy of nature and humanity, advice on daily living, and a brief introduction to the beginning stages of Taoist meditation. The Inner teachings familiarize the practitioner with the energetic structure of the human body and introduce methods of stilling the mind and cultivating internal energy for health and longevity. The Secret teachings describe the highest level of internal-alchemical transformations within the body and mind for attaining immortality.

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"Those interested in complex spiritual disciplines will rejoice in this volume."— Library Journal
Library Journal
A much-published author on spiritual subjects, Wong (Cultivating Stillness; The Shambhala Guide to Taoism) has produced a fascinating, if at times eye-crossing, introduction to three of Taoism's more esoteric texts: the Tao-hsuan p'ien, the Wu-hsuan p'ien, and the Ta'i-hsuan pao-tien. These texts, she advises us, are generally reserved as secret and studied only with a master, and seeing them in translation, with their profusion of essences, techniques, cavities, pearls, and assertions, one can hardly wonder why. Still, whatever one makes of the Tao's focus on control over vapors and fluids, one can hardly argue with the idea of being in harmony with nature. Those interested in complex spiritual disciplines will rejoice in this volume. For most collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781590301043
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.34(d)

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"Those interested in complex spiritual disciplines will rejoice in this volume."— Library Journal

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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