The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters

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Explores the religion developed by the Quanzhen Taoists, who sought to cultivate the mind not only through seated meditation, but also throughout the daily activities of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791460467
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Eskildsen is UC Foundation Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is the author of Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Opening Comments
Historical Summary
Preview of This Book's Contents

2. Cultivating Clarity and Purity


3. The Asceticism of the Quanzhen Masters

4. Cultivating Health and Longevity

The Anatomy
The Causes of Disease and Death
How the Quanzhen Masters Combated Disease and Death
Conclusion: Nurturing the Qi and Completing the Spirit

5. Visions and Other Trance Phenomena

A Remarkable Incident from the Childhood of Yin Zhiping
Communications from Realized Beings of Past and Present
Miscellaneous "Signs of Proof ": Sights, Sounds, Tastes, and Sensations
Difficulties and Frustrations Involved in Gaining
"Signs of Proof "

6. The Miraculous Powers of the Quanzhen Masters

How to Attain Miraculous Power
Manifesting the Radiant Spirit
Two Physical Feats of Wang Zhe Confirmed by Qiu Chuji
Healing and Ritual Thaumaturgy
Wondrous Mirages

7. Death and Dying in Early Quanzhen Taoism

Collected Sayings

8. The Compassion of the Early Quanzhen Masters

9. Rituals in Early Quanzhen Taoism

Attitudes toward Rituals
The Quanzhen Masters As Ritual Purists
Final Remarks

10. Conclusion



Secondary Sources in English and French
Secondary Sources in Chinese
Secondary Sources in Japanese
Primary Sources from the Taoist Canon
Other Primary Sources



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