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Art of the Bedchamber The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts: The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts

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ISBN-10: 0791408868
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This is a comprehensive anthology and beautiful translation of over two millenia of Chinese treatises on the use and practice of sexual intercourse. The author has done a magnificent job of collecting materials. Because many of the texts have a quasi-legendary status, they must be reconstructed from citations in later authors. Furthermore, there have been a raft of Chinese sexologists in the last century who have scurrilously misquoted, abstracted, combined, and otherwise made a mishmash of materials. Wile has superbly sorted these things out to provide clear texts that make sense, and he has recorded the reasons for his decisions in notes.
The long introduction is the most beautifully written review of sources I have ever read. The writer s humor as well as easy erudition help. Not only does he explain the background of the texts, he analyzes their continuities, and divergences, and applies a thoroughly historical understanding to the development of Chinese sexology. This introduction alone establishes Wile as a major voice in religious studies. Sexology is a branch of religious studies when it is treated as the Taoists do as a means to immortality and perfected relations with the cosmos. Robert C. Neville, Boston University
I am very impressed with the author s scholarship and expertise as well as with his deep and true insights into the nature of Chinese culture. Far too long has Taoism been considered a bullwark of feminism in ancient China, an idea which proves erroneous as soon as one takes the trouble to really look at the texts. This book is fascinating and absolutely wonderful to read. Livia Kohn, Boston University"

About the Author

Douglas Wile is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Brooklyn College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (February 13, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791408868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791408865
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a compendium of translations of over 20 classic Chinese texts on Taoist esoteric sexual practice. For those with this particular interest, I highly recommend it. There's no other book like it.
This is not a `new-age relationships' book, nor a `light-reading sex-tips' book; it's a scholarly and faithful set of translations of Taoist texts originating from the second century B.C. through the early 1700's.
These might be rather heady for the beginner, but if you've studied alchemical Taoism (especially the sexual aspect) from more modern sources - and would like to peruse some of the classics (from the 1000's of years that the Chinese have been studying this stuff), then this is THE book. It's extremely well written; the introduction alone is worth the price of the book.
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This is a work of scholorship and not simply a book about the ancient Chinese view of sex. It's very complete and contains both usuful material for moderns and very interesting historical material regarding alchemy, Qi Gong and Chinese medicine as they relate to sex.
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If you are practicing any of the modern Chinese-style sexual practices and want to ground your understanding in tradition, don't hesitate -- you will love this book. Scholars of Chinese spirituality won't need to be told, since Livia Kohn endorses strongly on the back. Anyone else (as the 3-star review here demonstrates) might be a little confounded by what they read.

Wile is truly a consummate scholar, and plainly a practitioner as well, and his introduction is priceless. He charts the territory and chronology expertly, mops up past western scholarly mistakes, shows a great appreciation for the subtleties of terminology, and handles cultural clash with aplomb: "For the Christian, sex is for procreation; for the Chinese, orgasm is for procreation, but sex is for pleasure, therapy and salvation." Exactly!

I have no Chinese but I suspect the translations -- copiously annotated -- are very reliable. The texts themselves are full of eye-openers; for example P'eng Tsu's wonderful elaboration on what the Hermetics (after Franz Bardon) call 'sexual larvae', in the Su Nu Ching, is more or less identical to modern understandings. The early herbal recommendations are very interesting. Especially if these kinds of books and practices mean anything to your personal way at all:

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Here is the largest collection of historical Chinese texts on Taoist sexuality in English, excellently translated and footnoted. A must have reference work for the serious, advanced student.

This is not an introductory text, and I think a beginner would be hard pressed to understand and practice many of the techniques in the book.
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By G. Hunt on December 30, 2015
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This, in my opinion, is the single best book, on the subject. The writings, herein, range from the pithy to the obtuse and baroque, but that range of content allows the reader to relate at his own level of experience and understanding. All this being said, I would recommend a title by, perhaps, Jolan Chang or Mantak Chia, to the first-time reader, in Taoist sexology.
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