Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity: From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity: From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)


An evaluate of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han via Tang periods.

Stephen Eskildsen deals an outline of Daoist spiritual texts from the Latter Han (25–220) via Tang (618–907) classes, exploring passive meditation equipment and their expected results. those equipment entailed gazing the tactics that spread spontaneously inside brain and physique, instead of actively manipulating them by way of capability universal in medieval Daoist faith corresponding to visualization, invocations, and the swallowing of breath or saliva. in the course of the ensuing deep serenity, it was once claimed, you will reach profound insights, event visions, suppose surges of significant strength, conquer thirst and starvation, be cured of illnesses, ascend the heavens, and achieve everlasting life.

whereas the texts mentioned stick to the legacy of Warring States interval Daoism comparable to the Laozi to an important measure, in addition they draw upon medieval immortality tools and Buddhism. An knowing of the passive meditation literature presents very important insights into the next improvement of Neidan, or inner Alchemy, meditation that emerged from the track interval onward.

“…a welcome and worthwhile research on a relevant element of medieval Daoist perform, one which fills a spot in our hitherto knowing of the evolution of that faith. As such it really is person who is bound to discover its position one of the classical reviews on medieval Daoism.” — Entangled Religions

“…a accomplished and tremendously good geared up and awarded evaluate of ancient chinese language Daoist non secular texts.” — Midwest e-book Review

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