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

Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Cultivating clarity and purity21
Ch. 3The asceticism of the Quanzhen masters39
Ch. 4Cultivating health and longevity57
Ch. 5Visions and other trance phenomena95
Ch. 6The miraculous powers of the Quanzhen masters115
Ch. 7Death and dying in early Quanzhen Taoism139
Ch. 8The compassion of the early Quanzhen masters155
Ch. 9Rituals in early Quanzhen Taoism171
Ch. 10Conclusion195

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