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These five Taoist treatises, written from the 7th to the 19th century, offer Chinese sages' thoughts on meditation, "alternative" medicine, body energy, human nature, the martial arts and life and death ("Everyone likes life but not the path of long life. Everyone dislikes death but not the things conducive to death"). The first selection, "Anthology on the Cultivation of Realization," is a vivid assortment of reflections taking up nearly half the book's text; it is long but fascinating. The esoteric "Treatise on Sitting Forgetting" is also a jewel, closing with some fundamental principles of Taoist meditation ("Arrest thoughts as they arise, in order to make your mind peaceful and quiet").
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Thomas Cleary holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.
Outstanding book for those with awareness and training of true Taoism. Also, highly recommend his Taoist Classics volumes and the books by Dr. Stephen T. Chang ([...]Published 21 months ago by Taiji Inst.
I have been interested in meditation for some time but most of the books offered were too new agey for my taste. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by happy egghead
Four texts are translated. The first, which takes three-fourths of the book, is a series of short sections on abstractions such as Principle, Human Life, Old Age, Sickness, etc --... Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by D. C. Chase
the book ofter nothing new about meditation, lots of theory and mellow ideas. Not a true meditation method.
i suggest ReikiTummo. Read more