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Practical Taoism Paperback – May 28, 1996

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

From the Back Cover

This extraordinary collection of teachings and commentaries illuminates the many profound mysteries of inner alchemy, one of the most important dimensions of the Taoist tradition. The science of inner alchemy consists of mediation practices that enable the individual to have a more intimate, energizing, and inspiring relationship with life. Although these techniques are described in the sourcebooks of ancient Taoism, they are often couched in cryptic symbolic language, making it difficult for today's seekers to put these teachings into practice. Some classical Taoist writers, however, did adopt a more explicit manner of expression. Practical Taoism is a collection of writings from these more accessible commentators on the traditional alchemical texts, compiled by a seventh-generation master of the Northern Branch of the Complete Reality School of Taoism known as the Preserver of Truth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (May 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570622000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570622007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this collection of translations to be very helpful. I read Cleary's books from a student's perspective and not from a Taoist scholar's perspective. The insights gleaned from this book are priceless. It is a great wonder how our present age and society has fallen into such a moral decline even though these scriptures have been around since man's early days. Read and apply. These teachings may seem cryptic but they turn into truths once they are applied to our lives.
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I'll keep this short - like the book itself. Thomas Cleary is a master translator of eastern religious and philosophical texts. His academic skill is complemented by a deep understanding of the practices described in his translations. He gets to the original intent. Practical Taoism is worth reading for the introduction alone. Never have I found a more concise and practical description of observations, functions and practices regarding the Tao then I have here. If you want a solid introduction to Taoism and how it can benefit your life, this is a good place to start.
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This is an ancient text. In a modern context the term "practical" is laughable. That said, it's a classic text, so there you go.
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This book is useless for the novice. The author's writing is so convoluted I was unable to understand any thing he is trying to say. I am amazed it received 5 star reviews - who are those reviewers?
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