Taoist Classics: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary, Vol. 2: Understanding Reality; The Inner Teachings of Taoism; The Book of Balance and Harmony; Practical Taoism (Taoist Classics Series)

Taoist Classics: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary, Vol. 2: Understanding Reality; The Inner Teachings of Taoism; The Book of Balance and Harmony; Practical Taoism (Taoist Classics Series)

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by Thomas Cleary
     
 

This collection of translated texts includes:

   •  Understanding Reality: A Taoist Alchemical Classic: A tenth-century text on the principles of inner alchemy.
   •  The Inner Teachings of Taoism: The essentials of self-transformation according to the Complete Reality School of

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Overview

This collection of translated texts includes:

   •  Understanding Reality: A Taoist Alchemical Classic: A tenth-century text on the principles of inner alchemy.
   •  The Inner Teachings of Taoism: The essentials of self-transformation according to the Complete Reality School of Taoism, with commentary by Liu I-ming.
   •  The Book of Balance and Harmony: These essays, conversations, poetry, and songs about the secrets of Taoism teach how to live a centered and orderly life.
   •  Practical Taoism: A collection of the most accessible of the texts on inner alchemy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It sometimes seems that Cleary translates esoteric texts from several different non-Western languages at a faster rate than many of us can read them in English. For more than 20 years, Cleary, who has a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature from Harvard, has worked independently, translating 50-plus Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, and Islamic texts. These two volumes are the first of four projected volumes of Taoist classics and introduce a larger series of Cleary's collected translations. If these indicate what is to come, the remainder of the series should be eagerly awaited. Because he is unaffiliated with any academic institution, Cleary's accuracy has been questioned from time to time, and he has been faulted for not including the footnotes and textual apparatus that usually accompany such works. For most readers, though, having these texts available in consistent versions and with enough explanatory material to place them in context far outweighs any deficiencies scholars might find. Of the two volumes here, the first presents more obscure texts and gives a much fuller picture of the scope and nature of Taoism and its relation to Confucianism and Buddhism in Chinese thought. Libraries unwilling to commit to the series might reasonably choose it as a single acquisition, but for the price, any library would benefit from having both volumes. Highly recommended for academic libraries and appropriate public library collections.--Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570629068
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/11/2003
Series:
Taoist Classics Series
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
1,030,705
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.48(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is the translator of more than fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.

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