The Secret of Everlasting Life: The First Translation of the Ancient Chinese Text on Immortality

Overview

The Secret of Everlasting Life is the first translation from the Chinese of the second-century Can Dong Qi. This ancient work, the earliest known text on alchemy and immortality, echoes the wisdom and poetry of both the Tao Te Ching and I Ching. The Can Dong Qi is also the ancestral text of all Qi Gong exercises in China. This translation reveals the meditation methods practised for thousands of years by Taoist sages.

Presented here with its original Chinese commentaries, the ...

See more details below
Paperback
$19.81
BN.com price
(Save 20%)$24.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (27) from $5.89   
  • New (5) from $14.18   
  • Used (22) from $5.89   
The Secret of Everlasting Life: The First Translation of the Ancient Chinese Text on Immortality

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price
(Save 43%)$24.95 List Price

Overview

The Secret of Everlasting Life is the first translation from the Chinese of the second-century Can Dong Qi. This ancient work, the earliest known text on alchemy and immortality, echoes the wisdom and poetry of both the Tao Te Ching and I Ching. The Can Dong Qi is also the ancestral text of all Qi Gong exercises in China. This translation reveals the meditation methods practised for thousands of years by Taoist sages.

Presented here with its original Chinese commentaries, the Can Dong Qi is full of practical wisdom and advice about the process of human transformation and how to nurture and develop the natural life-energy within us. Richard Bertschinger's additional commentary explains the intricacies of Chinese allegory and symbolism for the Western reader.

This book is core reading for anyone interested in Taoist thought, Chinese philosophy and culture, or Chinese medicine.

The first English translation of the second century Chinese Can Dong Qui, the earliest known text on eternal life. Along with the original commentar ies, the author has included his own explanations to help elucidate the text's allegorical symbolism for Western readers. Line drawings.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848190481
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 789,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction 1

Wei Boyang's Text

1 The Yin and Yang, Inner Vitality and Energy 27

2 The Person of True Virtue Who Fully Understands 34

3 Secretly Hidden Away and Forgotten 43

4 The Matching of the Moon-phases 50

5 The Function of the Shifting Lines 58

6 The Ruler and Minister in Managing Government 71

7 Fostering Your Inborn Nature and Securing Your Life 75

8 How the Son and Daughter Need Each Other 85

9 A Lucky Match for Our Good Prince 90

10 Understanding The Double-entranced Cave of Knowledge 94

11 Developing the Self Within to Build a Foundation 104

12 The Wise Sages' Secret Refinery 109

13 The Mild-mannered Maiden and the Yellow Shoot 117

14 The Unstable Pearl and the Golden Flower 123

15 These Four in Makeshift Chaos 131

16 Dawn and Dusk, Penalties and Powers 136

17 You Begin Thinking on Someone You Meet 142

18 Wei Boyang's Own Postface 147

Xu Congshi's Text

19 The Overall Ordering of Great Change 155

20 Heaven and Earth Set the Stage 166

21 The Sun and Moon, Those Suspended Images 170

22 The Wise of Old Observed The Skies Above 176

23 The Three Sages' Former Conceptions 194

24 The Two Separated Energies Lovingly Transform 199

25 The Three Jewels, the Real Crux 202

26 Understanding the Perverted and False Paths 213

27 Things of the Same Kind Essentially Join 217

28 The Two Bows of the Dragon and the Tiger 223

29 Gold Reverts Back to Its Nature 228

30 Entry by a Side Entrance Will See No Result 231

31 The Golden Elixir on a Knife-Point 234

32 The Two Soils Complete the Work 244

33 Water and Fire, Their Inner Natures and Feelings 250

Addendum

34 A Model of Successful Achievement 259

35 The Mysterious Use of the Cauldron Vessel 260

Terms Used in this Book 275

Translation and History of the Text 277

Additional Select Bibliography 286

Index 288

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)