The Book Of Balance And Harmony: A Taoist Handbook

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The Book of Balance and Harmony is a renowned anthology of writing by a thirteenth-century master of the Complete Reality School of Taoism, a movement begun around the turn of the first millennium CE whose aim was a return to the purity of Taoism's original principles and practices. This classic collection, compiled by one of the master's disciples, is still very much in use by the Taoist adepts of China today. Its serves as a compendium of the teaching of the Complete Reality School, both in theory and in ...

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Overview

The Book of Balance and Harmony is a renowned anthology of writing by a thirteenth-century master of the Complete Reality School of Taoism, a movement begun around the turn of the first millennium CE whose aim was a return to the purity of Taoism's original principles and practices. This classic collection, compiled by one of the master's disciples, is still very much in use by the Taoist adepts of China today. Its serves as a compendium of the teaching of the Complete Reality School, both in theory and in practice, employing a rich variety of literary forms, including essays, dialogues, poetry, and song. The writings herein condense the essences of the Chinese religious traditions of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism into an alchemical elixir teaching Vitality, Energy, and Spirit—the "three treasures" of Taoism that promise mental and physical well-being.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300770
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 954,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.37 (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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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1. The Source Message of the Mystic School 1
2. Statements 4
3. Secret Meanings 7
4. Secrets of the Gold Pill 16
5. Explanation of the Three Fives 21
6. The Opening of the Mysterious Pass 23
7. The Gold-Testing Stone 24
8. Nine Grades of Practices: Sidetracks and Auxiliary Methods 26
9. Three Vehicles of Gradual Method 30
10. The Highest Vehicle 32
11. Dialogues: The Underlying Unity of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism 33
12. Questions and Answers 45
13. Some Questions on Alchemy 52
14. Live Teachings on Complete Reality 59
15. Spoken Teachings 64
16. Discourses 66
17. Explanatory Talks 71
18. Songs 78
19. Poems 109
20. Veiled Words 129
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