The Daoist Monastic Manual: A Translation of the Fengdao Kejie

The Daoist Monastic Manual: A Translation of the Fengdao Kejie

by Livia Kohn
     
 

The Fengdao kejie or "Rules and Precepts for Worshiping the Dao" dates from the early seventh century and is a key text of medieval Daoist priesthood and monasticism, which was first formally organized in the sixth century. Compiled to serve the needs of both monastic practitioners and priests in training it describes the fundamental rules, organizational

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The Fengdao kejie or "Rules and Precepts for Worshiping the Dao" dates from the early seventh century and is a key text of medieval Daoist priesthood and monasticism, which was first formally organized in the sixth century. Compiled to serve the needs of both monastic practitioners and priests in training it describes the fundamental rules, organizational principles, and concrete establishments of Daoist institutions. Speaking in their own voices and presenting the ideal Daoist life of their time, priests and recluses come to life in this fascinating ancient document. Livia Kohn here offers the first complete annotated translation of the Fengdao kejie. She begins with three introductory chapters that outline the development of Daoist organizations and institutions, discuss the date and compilation of the work, and present key issues of terminology and worldview. The text itself contains eighteen sections that address the importance of karma and retribution, the creation of buildings, sacred statues, and scriptures, the design of sacred utensils and ritual clothing, the organization and structure of the ordination hierarchy, as well as a number of essential rituals, from the recitation of the scriptures to the daily devotions and the ordination ceremony. The Daoist Monastic Manual offers a clear and vibrant description of the lifestyle and organizational structures of medieval Daoism, rooting the religion in the concrete reality of daily activities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195170702
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
American Academy of Religion Book Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. IIntroduction
Ch. 1The development and nature of Daoist institutions3
Ch. 2Authorship and textual history23
Ch. 3Related texts and relevant terminology49
Pt. IITranslation
Sandong Fengdao Kejie : rules and precepts for worshiping the Dao according to the three caverns71
Sect. 1Retribution of sins75
Sect. 2Retribution of good deeds82
Sect. 3Comprehensive structures86
Sect. 4Setting up monasteries87
Sect. 5Making sacred images97
Sect. 6Copying scriptures103
Sect. 7Conditions for ordination105
Sect. 8Ritual implements115
Sect. 9Ritual vestments119
Sect. 10Residences122
Sect. 11Reciting the scriptures124
Sect. 12Lecturing on the scriptures128
Sect. 13The ritual order130
Sect. 14Illustrations of ritual vestments148
Sect. 15Regular audience services151
Sect. 16The noon purgation157
Sect. 17Major assemblies162
Sect. 18Formal ordinations167
Fragments and citations
Sect. 20Transmission details (S.809)172
Sect. 21Annual purgations (Zhaijie lu 9a-10a)174
Sect. 22Levels of Daoists (Miaomen youqi 17b-18b)175
Sect. 23Interaction with ordinary people (P.3682)177
Sect. 24Compassionate assistance (P.3682)179

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