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Cultivating Stillness: A Taoist Manual for Transforming Body and Mind Paperback – November 24, 1992
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One gets a good description of the Chinese philosophy and underpinnings of the text via a wonderful explanation of the symbols ... we learn about the I Ching, the three treasures, the stove and the cauldron, microcosmic circulation, and cleansing all of which occur within the twelve terrestrial branches. We learn of the symbolism of "the Golden Raven, "the Jade Rabbit","the Golden Palace", "the North Sea", "the Winding River", and "the Southern Mountain." Using breath as the catalyst, the student will eventually experience the regeneration of personal energy into vital energy ... The state of "wang chi", the intermediate state between "wu chi" and "tai chi" is discussed. We learn, "wu chi" is the state of the Void, or Tao. We learn, "tai chi", is the state of differentiating yin and yang, when yin encompasses yang, and yang encompasses yin. On many levels this is a complex book. However, if the reader wants to learn Chinese philosophy, the accompanying symbolism, as well as how this knowledge can transform the human spirit this book is definitely the place to start.
This is a poetry book, a book of free verse, filled with statements by Lao Tzu which precede each chapter.Read more ›
After applying the principles to my life, I saw the influence of harmonizing with the Dao (Tao) as it manifested to me.
All these experiences were wonderful and uplifting, but it was not until I had been reading other texts and had almost completely forgotten about the book that I had the revelation of internal alchemy and what the book was actually talking about.
This book speaks on so many different levels: it is a serious read. If you are interested in spiritual elevation, internal cultivation, and enlightenment of the mind then this book shows a path that can be followed, but it is only through inner discipline that a transformation is acheived.
Be humble and wise: life is one big road with a lot of signs...
Make up your mind to face reality all the time.
The introduction hints at much of the Taoist meditation techniques including circulating qi and the stages of enlightenment but the book does not elaborate and the reader may find, like i did, their taste buds had been whetted for a meal that never came.
A most interesting work for anyone seeking the Tao but it is not a detailed guide, it is scripture to wrap your mind around.
If you're serious about living a gentle life in a gentle world, make "Cultivating Stillness" a part of your living library. LISTEN to the meaning as you read the words. LOOK at the diagrams and plates. FEEL the movement of your original nature at this time. BE Wu-Chi. UNDERSTAND Wu-Wei. Use this book and FIND the Gate to Stillness.
Taoist methods of health, longevity, and immortality were often presented in the esoteric terminology of alchemy, which was intended both to reveal and to hide. To those initiated in the practice, the symbolism revealed a world of inner experience. To the uninitiated, the terminology would appear confusing if not meaningness.
This book does use the language of alchemy which will be more suitable for those who are actually practicing Taoist Inner Alchemy (being familiar with I Ching will also help), but it also contains commentaries on the benefits of cultivating stillness, practicing the experience of "nothingness", and points out the obstacles on the path which need to be dealt with.
The contents of the book point the way to raising one's conscousness, merging with the spirit / Tao.
"The teachings presented in Cultivating Stillness
Are suitable for men and women, young and old alike.
When the golden metal and the jade ston merge as one substance,
Ch'ien and k'un will acend to the highest realm of heaven.Read more ›
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Other reviews here will give you an idea of the basics of this book. It is quite worthwhile if you have an interest in 1) the variety of the basic Taoist texts (the primary text... Read morePublished 1 month ago by An File Dubh
A book offering explanations of terms found in the literature, but not with nearly as much clarity.Published 9 months ago by Eric Andreassen
This book offers very basic, minimal, beginner "Daoist" lore and it is a great little book for learning very basic techniques to "still the mind" ... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by T h e C r i t i c - y e a h , r i g h t
This adept translation and commentary of an ancient text presents an amazing richness of information about Taoist Internal Alchemy. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Imios Archangelis
This is yet another book that was not written for the general public. While it does name various techniques, nowhere in it does it tell you how to do the techniques. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by AlchemistGeorge
This book is hands down one of the best treatises/introductions to Taoist Internal Alchemy. It is attributed to the semi-mythical Lao Tzu, written in the 6 Dynasties Era (220-580... Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Demitri Pevzner
This is an excellent commentary on an ancient text, not an effective How-To Manual.
It did not "cultivate stillness" in me -- quite the contrary. Read more