Religion & Spirituality:Taoism

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1 Cleary, Thomas Practical Taoism
Shambhala 1996 1570622000 / 9781570622007 Paperback Very Good 
This extraordinary collection of teachings and commentaries illuminates the many profound mysteries of inner alchemy, one of the most important dimens ions of the Taoist tradition. The science of inner alchemy consists of medi tation practices that enable the individual to have a more intimate, energi zing, and inspiring relationship with life. Although these techniques are d escribed in the sourcebooks of ancient Taoism, they are often couched in cr yptic symbolic language, making it difficult for today's seekers t put thes e teachings into practice. Some classical Taoist writers, however, did adop t a more explicit manner of expression. Practical Taoism is a collection of writings from these more accessible commentators on the traditional alchem ical texts, compiled by a seventh-generation master of the Northern Branch of the Complete Reality School of Taoism known as the Preserver of Truth. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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2 Mu, Wang Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan
Golden Elixir Press 2011 0984308253 / 9780984308255 Paperback Very Good 
Originally written for Chinese readers, this book provides a clear descript ion of the Taoist practice of Internal Alchemy, or Neidan. The author outli nes the four stages of the alchemical practice and clarifies several releva nt terms and notions, including Essence, Breath, and Spirit; the Cinnabar F ields; the "Fire Times"; and the Embryo. The book is based on the system of the Wuzhen pian (Awakening to Reality), one of the main sources of Interna l Alchemy, and contains about two hundred quotations from original Taoist t exts. Table of Contents Foreword, vii INTRODUCTION, 1 The Basis: Essence and Spirit, 3 STAGES OF THE ALCHEMICAL PRACTICE IN AWAKENING TO REALITY, 11 The Four Stages, 13 "Laying the Foundations," 15 Main Points in the Practice of "Laying the Foundations," 20 The Functions of Essence, Breath, and Spirit, 36 Terms Related to the "Coagulation of the Three Treasures," 52 Conclusion of the Stage of "Laying the Foundations," 63 "Refining Essence to Transmute it into Breath," 65 "Refining Breath to Transmute it into Spirit," 99 "Refining Spirit to Return to Emptiness," 109 CONCLUSION, 119 The "Arts of the Way," 121 Tables, 123 Glossary of Chinese Characters, 133 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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