By Thomas Cleary
Here's an advent to the paranormal and mystical realm of Taoism via biographical and ancient sketches of Taoist adepts over thousand years. This panoramic view of the various faces of Taoism and its intimate reference to chinese language tradition and society contains fascinating bills of the Taoist mystery societies that conducted mystical routines and strong consciousness-altering concepts, together with sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.
This number of sketches, compiled by way of Zhang Tianyu, a Taoist priest within the fourteenth century, and translated by means of well known translator Thomas Cleary, portrays multiple hundred outstanding members from the 11th century B.C.E. to the 13th century C.E. It introduces us to a huge and engaging diversity of personalities together with philosophers and students, magicians and mediums, alchemists and physicians, seers and soothsayers, and artists and poets, between many others.
Cleary’s professional translation and informative footnotes make this assortment a full of life and obtainable learn.
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