Extracts are presented here from The Masters of Huainan
, a Taoist work that deals with the natural, social, and spiritual sciences, written more than 2,000 years ago during an era of reconstruction and relative peace. It connects issues of individual development, the natural environment, and social and political aspects into one humanistic whole. The prevailing theme of this ancient text is that of harmony and peace between the individual and the universe, presenting a program for self-enhancement that enables people to attain repose and peace of mind in society and in nature.
Author Biography: Rosemary Brant is an editor of books about Eastern culture, including an English version of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Chou-Wing Chohan is responsible for the scientific publication of classic Chinese texts at Shanghai University. Abe Bellenteen teaches the Chinese language and lectures on Chinese culture in EDITOR: Brant, Rosemary