Teachings of the Tao: Readings from the Taoist Spiritual Tradition [NOOK Book]

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"The Tao that can be spoken of is not the real Way," reads a famous line from the Tao-te-ching. But although the Tao cannot be described by words, words can allow us to catch a fleeting glimpse of that mysterious energy of the universe which is the source of life. The readings in this book are a beginner's entrée into the vast treasury of writings from the sacred Chinese tradition, consisting of original translations of excerpts from the Taoist canon. Brief introductions and notes on the translation accompany the...

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Teachings of the Tao: Readings from the Taoist Spiritual Tradition

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Overview

"The Tao that can be spoken of is not the real Way," reads a famous line from the Tao-te-ching. But although the Tao cannot be described by words, words can allow us to catch a fleeting glimpse of that mysterious energy of the universe which is the source of life. The readings in this book are a beginner's entrée into the vast treasury of writings from the sacred Chinese tradition, consisting of original translations of excerpts from the Taoist canon. Brief introductions and notes on the translation accompany the selections from the classics; books of devotional and mystical Taoism; texts of internal alchemy; stories of Taoist immortals, magicians, and sorcerers; ethical tracts; chants and rituals; and teachings on meditation and methods of longevity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834828872
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,187,113
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui; Tales of the Taoist Immortals; and Taoism: An Essential Guide.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Ways of the Earth and Sky: The Shamanic Origins of Taoism 9
2 The Path of Wu-wei: The Classics of Taoism 25
3 Honoring the Sacred: Devotional Taoism 51
4 The Tao Within: Mystical Taoism 66
5 In Search of Immortality: Taoist Internal Alchemy 78
6 In the Playing Fields of Power: Taoist Magic and Sorcery 95
7 The Tao in Everyday Life: Taoist Ethics 108
8 Encountering the Sacred: The Taoist Ceremonies 115
9 The Arts of Longevity: Cultivating the Mind 126
10 The Arts of Longevity: Cultivating the Body 138
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