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The Tao of Craft: Fu Talismans and Casting Sigils in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition Paperback – September 27, 2016
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—Phyllis Curott, priestess, attorney, and author of Book of Shadows, WitchCrafting, and the Love Spell
“The publication of any book in English on the creation and use of Fu talismans—among the most useful and accessible parts of the rich heritage of Chinese magic—is welcome, but when that book turns out to be readable, thoughtful, and eminently practical, that’s cause for celebration. Benebell Wen’s The Tao of Craft is all that and more, and deserves the attention of any reader interested in the theory and practice of operative magic.”
—John Michael Greer, author of The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and The Celtic Golden Dawn
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Leading Chinese qigong masters have several times told me that most difficult thing in teaching western audiences about Chinese traditional and modern qi gong (chi kung), tai chi, traditional Chinese health practices is translating the working words of these sciences and arts into English. The Eastern and Western ways of thinking can be so dissimilar. In short: western thinking attempts to be linear and logical; whereas the Chinese are holistic, with an over-riding and practical concern for gaining well being, success, and health. For them the main thing isn't "is it right, or true," but "Is it worth it and does it work well?" In other words does it benefit me, others, and nature?
To gain this well-being, success, health and happiness, the Chinese for thousands of years have been making talismans, sigils, as well as using other spiritual occult techniques. The amazing thing is that author Benebell Wen explains this succinctly in a clear perfect English. The subjects in her book can range from finding love, earning more money, to blocking the black magic of others, and even obtaining a total Daoist mystical and practical harmony of Heaven, Earth, and Man.
She is a master of both eastern and western use of language, and eastern and western spiritual occult practices; and she has the ability to describe and teach these things. This is the book to buy for anyone interested in such things: be they a white magician, an ivy league professor of social or religious anthropology, or a serious practitioner of Chinese traditional arts, sciences or advanced mystical spiritual practices. Or anyone else that wants an interesting "good read."
This has become my favorite book and I recommend anybody with an interest in esoteric study to purchase it. You won't regret it.
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This author or editor or maybe proof reader (!?) does not seems to know the difference between Pali & Sanskrit and this is important, it would be like a Western Occultist not knowing the difference between Latin & Greek, or a European Historian not knowing the different between German and English ! No one would take them seriously.
Example: Page 207.
Namo Avalokiteshvara ... This is Sanskrit NOT Pali, not only this but it's a Mahayana Deity NOT one found in the Pali Cannon, an inadmissible error for someone writing a book like this !
Plus the translations and explanations of the mantras are misleading and some of the worst I have come across, they're as bad as those pf the early Victorian Theosophists.
Example: Page 209.
Om mani pad ma hom.
Oh good lord, where to begin ? It's actually Om mani padme Hum - translation "Om Jewelled Lotus Hum" and the explanation given in the book is, well, silly.
Also the author thinks one can "invoke" the Buddha so relieve suffering, sorry, but this is total nonsense, the Buddha in never invoked unless this is some weird Chinese thing from popular folk culture ?
There are other errors but I can't be bothered to list them all. The obvious errors have I must admit put me off reading the rest of the book I really don't know how these days such errors could get through the editing process but they have and such errors make me wonder what others their are concerning Fu Talismans that I will not recognise because I don't know the subject and on these grounds I can't say I would trust this book without some ability to check this authors claims.
By all means buy and enjoy but be careful. Also I would add that Traditionally Fu Talismans would only be created by advanced Daoist practitioners who could enter quite advanced states of consciousness to make Fu Talismans effective. Like all things in Esoterica popularisation (both in the East & West) had dumbed down what was once an advanced and profound practice.
L'auteure, Benebell Well ( très charmante jeune femme, une tête bien pleine et bien faite), nous offre
une somme considérable de travail, pas moins de 600 pages de textes très documentés, des sceaux,
des talismans, la manière de les fabriquer et de les consacrer. Après avoir lu ce livre vous vous sentirez
une âme d'expert.
Sur le site de Benebell Wen , on peut télécharger gratuitement de nombreux documents en PDF liés à la pratique
Un grand merci à l'auteure de cette oeuvre vraiment monumentale.