Seven Taoist Masters: A Folk Novel of China

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This tale of adventure interweaves history and legend to present the fundamentals of Taoism. Written by an unknown author, Seven Taoist Masters is the story of six men and one woman who overcome tremendous hardships on the journey to self-mastery. These characters and their teacher, Wang Ch'ung-yang, are all historical figures who lived in the Southern Sung (1127-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties. And Wang is regarded as the greatest patriarch of the Complete Reality school, a branch of Taoism that has a ...
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This tale of adventure interweaves history and legend to present the fundamentals of Taoism. Written by an unknown author, Seven Taoist Masters is the story of six men and one woman who overcome tremendous hardships on the journey to self-mastery. These characters and their teacher, Wang Ch'ung-yang, are all historical figures who lived in the Southern Sung (1127-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties. And Wang is regarded as the greatest patriarch of the Complete Reality school, a branch of Taoism that has a strong affinity with Zen Buddhism. This novel brings to life the essentials of Taoist philosophy and practice, both through Wang's instructions - on such topics as the cultivation of mind and body; meditation techniques; and overcoming the four obstacles of anger, greed, lust, and drunkenness - and through the characters' entertaining experiences.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780877735441
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/21/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Smooth, almost too smooth

    This is a valuable, readable translation of a classic folktale about Taoism. Ms. Wong makes the stories of the masters, who are key figures in Taoism, completely understandable and flowing. The book is a pleasure to read. However, I couldn't give it five stars because she doesn't give any information about the text at all--for example, when was it written, what was the background to it, who was the likely author (or at least what sort of person was the author? a Taoist devotee? a professional storyteller?), how much of it is accurate and so on. From subsequent research, I know that several Chinese editions of this book circulated in China; which one did Ms. Wong translate? Believe me, I'm not arguing in favor of heavy footnotes or a weighty introduction that suffocates the work. But without some sort of meaningful introduction, the reader is left confused as to what actually is being read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    The Tao Revealed!

    This book gives an intrinsic look into the Tao. It allows one to understand the general teaching of the Tao without a lot of flowery language that can be confusing. The novel is wonderful and captivating while revealing the essential teachings of the Tao. I would reccomend this to anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of the Tao.

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