The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters

The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters

by Stephen Eskildsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791460460

ISBN-13: 9780791460467

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Stephen Eskildsen’s book offers an in-depth study of the beliefs and practices of the Quanzhen (Complete Realization) School of Taoism, the predominant school of monastic Taoism in China. The Quanzhen School was founded in the latter half of the twelfth century by the eccentric holy man Wan Zhe (1113–1170), whose work was continued by his famous disciples…  See more details below

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Stephen Eskildsen’s book offers an in-depth study of the beliefs and practices of the Quanzhen (Complete Realization) School of Taoism, the predominant school of monastic Taoism in China. The Quanzhen School was founded in the latter half of the twelfth century by the eccentric holy man Wan Zhe (1113–1170), whose work was continued by his famous disciples commonly known as the Seven Realized Ones. This study draws upon surviving texts to examine the Quanzhen masters’ approaches to mental discipline, intense asceticism, cultivation of health and longevity, mystical experience, supernormal powers, death and dying, charity and evangelism, and ritual. From these primary sources, Eskildsen provides a clear understanding of the nature of Quanzhen Taoism and reveals its core emphasis to be the cultivation of clarity and purity of mind that occurs not only through seated meditation, but also throughout the daily activities of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791460467
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Chapter 1Introduction1
Opening Comments1
Historical Summary3
Preview of This Book's Contents18
Chapter 2Cultivating Clarity and Purity21
Conclusion38
Chapter 3The Asceticism of the Quanzhen Masters39
Chapter 4Cultivating Health and Longevity57
The Anatomy61
The Causes of Disease and Death67
How the Quanzhen Masters Combated Disease and Death76
Conclusion: Nurturing the Qi and Completing the Spirit90
Chapter 5Visions and Other Trance Phenomena95
Introduction95
A Remarkable Incident from the Childhood of Yin Zhiping96
Communications from Realized Beings of Past and Present97
Miscellaneous "Signs of Proof": Sights, Sounds, Tastes, and Sensations102
Difficulties and Frustrations Involved in Gaining "Signs of Proof"110
Conclusion113
Chapter 6The Miraculous Powers of the Quanzhen Masters115
How to Attain Miraculous Power117
Manifesting the Radiant Spirit121
Clairvoyance126
Two Physical Feats of Wang Zhe Confirmed by Qiu Chuji132
Healing and Ritual Thaumaturgy134
Wondrous Mirages137
Conclusion138
Chapter 7Death and Dying in Early Quanzhen Taoism139
Hagiography140
Collected Sayings148
Conclusion153
Chapter 8The Compassion of the Early Quanzhen Masters155
Chapter 9Rituals in Early Quanzhen Taoism171
Attitudes toward Rituals173
The Quanzhen Masters As Ritual Purists184
Final Remarks191
Chapter 10Conclusion195
Notes201
Bibliography245
Secondary Sources in English and French245
Secondary Sources in Chinese248
Secondary Sources in Japanese249
Primary Sources from the Taoist Canon249
Other Primary Sources252
Glossary255
Index263

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