The Texts of Taoism

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Volume 1 of sacred writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way — the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.

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The Texts of Taoism, Part I

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Overview

Volume 1 of sacred writings of mystical Chinese religion reveal Tao, the way — the key to living an obstacle-free life. Based on wu-wei, taking no unnatural action, it would make individual existence like the flow of water with no obstacles to impede. Famed Sinologist here offers standard English version of major Taoist writings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486209906
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1962
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 1,025,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION.
I. WAS TÂOISM OLDER THAN LÂO-ZZE?
  Three Religions in China.
  Peculiarity of Tâo The King.
II. "THE TEXTS OF THE TÂO THE KING AND KWANG-ZZE SHÛ, AS REGARDS THEIR AUTHENTICITY AND GENUINE-NESS, AND THE ARRANGEMENT OF THEM"
  i. The Tâo Teh King.
    "The Evidence of Sze-mâ Khien, the historian ; of Lieh-zze, Han Fei-zze, and other Tâoist writers ; and of Pan Kû."
    The Catalougue of the Imperial Library of Han ; and that of the Sui dynasty.
    "The Commentaries of ' the old man of the Ho-side,' and of Wang PÎ."
    "Division into Parts and Chapters, and numbers of Characters in the Text."
  ii. The Writings of Kwang-zze.
    Importance to Tâoism of those Writings
    The division of the Books into three Parts.
    Their general Title and its meaning.
III. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE NAME TÂO? AND THE CHIEF POINTS OF BELIEF IN TÂOISM
  Meaning of the name.
  Usage of the term Thien.
  Peculiar usage of it by Kwang-zze.
  Mr. Giles's view that the name ' God; is the equivalent of Thien.
  Relation of the Tâo to the name Tî.
  No idea of Creation-proper in Tâoism.
  Man is composed of body and spirit.
  That the cultivation of the Tâo promotes longevigty.
  Starting results of the Tâo ; and how It proceeds by contraries.
  The paradisiacal state.
  The Decay of Tâoism before the growth of knowledge.
  The moral and practical teachings of Lâo-zze.
  Humility ; his three jewels ; that good is to be returned for evil.
IV. ACCOUNTS OF LÂO-ZZE AND KWANG-ZZE GIVEN BY SZE-MÂ KHIEN
V. ON THE TRACTATE OF ACTIONS AND THEIR RETRIBUTIONS
  Peculiar style and nature of the Treatise.
  Its date.
  Meaning of the Title.
  Was the old Tâoism a Religion?
  The Kang family.
  Influence of Buddhism on Tâoism.
THE TÂO TEH KING
  PART I (chapters i to xxxvii)
  1. Embodying the Tâo
  2. The Nourishment of the Person
  3. Keeping the People at Rest
  4. The Fountainless
  5. The Use of Emptiness
  6. The Completion of Material Forms
  7. Sheathing the Light
  8. The Placid and Contented Nature
  9. Fulness and Complacency contrary to the Tâo
  10. Possibilities through the Tâo
  11. The Use of what has no Substantive Existence
  12. The Repression of the Desires
  13. Loathing Shame
  14. The Manifistation of the Mystery
  15. The Exhibition of the Qualities of the Tâo
  16. Returning to the Root
  17. The Unadulterated Influence
  18. The Decay of Manners
  19. Returning to the Unadulterated Influence
  20. Being different from Ordinary Men
  21. "The Empty Heart, or the Tâo in its Operation"
  22. The Increase granted to Humility
  23. Absolute Vacancy
  24. Painful Graciousness
  25. Representations of the Mystery
  26. The Quality of Gravity
  27. Dexterity in Using the Tâo
  28. Returning to Simplicity
  29. Taking no Action
  30. A Caveat against War
  31. Stilling War
  32. The Tâo with no name
  33. Discriminating between Attributes
  34. The Task of Achievement
  35. The Attribute of Benevolence
  36. Minimising the Light
  37. The Exercise of Government
PART II (Chapters xxxviii to lxxxi)
  38. About the Attributes of the Tâo
  39. The Origin of the Law
  40. Dispensing with the Use (of Means)
  41. Sameness and Difference
  42. The Transformations of the Tâo
  43. The Universal Use (of the Action in Weakness of the Tâo
  44. Cautions
  45. Great or Overflowing Virtue
  46. The Moderating of Desire or Ambition
  47. Surveying wat is Far-off
  48. Forgetting Knowledge
  49. The Quality of Indulgence
  50. The Value set on Life
  51. The Operation (of Tâo) in Nourishing Things
  52. Returning to the Source
  53. Increase of Evidence
  54. "The Cultivation (of the Tâo), and the Observation (of its Effects)"
  55. The Mysterious Charm
  56. The Mysterious Excellence
  57. The Genuine Influence
  58. Transformation according to Circumstances
  59. Guarding the Tâo
  60. Occupying the Throne
  61. The Attribute of Humility
  62. Practising the Tâo
  63. Thinking in the Beginning
  64. Guarding the Minute
  65. "Pure, unmixed Excellence"
  66. Putting One's Self Last
  67. Three Precious Things
  68. Matching Heaven
  69. The Use of the Mysterious (Tâo)
  70. The Difficulty of being (rightly) Known
  71. The Disease of Knowing
  72. Loving One's Selef
  73. Allowing Men to take their Course
  74. Restraining Delusion
  75. How Greediness Injures
  76. A Warning against (Trusting in) Strength
  77. The Way of Heaven
  78. Things to be Believed
  79. Adherence to Bond or Covenant
  80. Standing Alone
  81. The Manifestation of Simplicity
THE WRITINGS OF KWANG-?ZE.
  INTRODUCTION.
  BRIEF NOTICES OF THE DIFFERENT BOOKS
    PART I.
    I.i. "Hsiâo-yâo Yû, or Enjoyment in Untroubled Ease"
    II.ii. "Khî Wû Lun, or the Adjustment of Controversies"
    III.iii. "Yang Shang Kû, or Nourishing the Lord of Life"
    IV.iv. "Zan Kien Shih, or Man in the World, Associated with other Men"
    V.v. "Teh Khung Fû, or the Seal of Virtue Complete"
    VI.vi. "Tâ ?ung Shih, or the Great and Most Honoured Master"
    VII.vii. "Ying Tî Wang, or the Normal Course for Rulers and Kings"
    PART II.
    VIII.i. "Phien Mâu, or Webbed Toes"
    IX.ii. "Mâ Thî, or Horse's Hoofs"
    X.iii. "Khü Khieh, or Cutting Open Satchels"
    XI.iv. "?âi Yû, or Letting Be, and Exercising Forbearence"
    XII.v. "Thien Tî, or Heaven and Earth"
    XIII.vi. "Thien Tâo, or the Way of Heaven"
    XIV.vii. "Thien Yün, or the Revolution of Heaven"
    XV.viii. "Kho Î, or Ingrained Ideas"
    XVI.ix. "Shan Hsing, or Correcting the Nature"
    XVII.x. "Khiû Shui, or the Floods of Autumn"
    Transliteration of Oriental Alphabets adopted for the Translations of the Sacred Books of the East
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