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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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About the Author

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.
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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; First Edition edition (July 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625671
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not actually a "how to" manual, rather, it is a series of talks on selected subjects such as "Virtue, Respect, Thoughts, etc." It not only speaks on these relevant subjects but makes it clear that a person should carry meditation through everyday life. Attention, and Awareness is the cornerstone of Buddhism and Taoism and in this book, it is presented in the taoist version. Benefits of meditation are also discussed. These include physical as well as psychological. A very relevant book for our fast paced lifestyles.
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First, the name is somewhat misleading. Think of it more as documents that meditate on Taoism and have some information useful to meditation.
That being said, this is a great book. It has a variety of interesting and useful essays, and is well worth repeated reading and comparative studies. Indeed, I can honestly say that some of it helped me in integrating meditative techniques effectively.
This isn't for beginners - this is for people seriously studying Taoism, but its definitely worth it.
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quite possibly the most amazing book i have ever picked up. in only thirty minutes with this book i reached a level of stillness that i could not even concieve of beforehand, much less attain. i recommend it for anyone interested in taoism or meditation... or even their mental or physical health. the passages are short, gripping, and insightful. a truly wonderful book.
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Here are the good things about this book:

Most of the texts in this volume boil down the thinking behind Taoist meditation to some very clear, refreshing, graspable concepts -- and in that regard they are actually, on the whole, helpful in fostering a practice of Taoist meditation. One thing I like about the texts Cleary has chosen for this book (some are crucial, in fact; and all are important/enriching) is that they largely eschew the more esoteric aspects of the alchemical tradition. Not that there's anything wrong with alchemy per se, and I've read a lot about it myself, but they are too often couched in mystical obfuscations and rarely actually tell you how to practice it. These texts tell you mostly pretty clearly what both the theory and practice behind Taoist meditation really are. At times they gesture toward the language/symbolism of alchemy, but always with the emphasis on stilling the mind and tuning the breath, then letting most of the rest happen naturally.
I like that most or all of the six chosen texts give some practical advice on how to deal with "stirring [or random] thoughts" and the idea/s behind stilling the mind, avoiding obsession, and bringing it in tune with "true reality" or maybe even "the Way."
I also like the simplicity in the approach of these thinkers (some of whom are named, some of whom are anonymous or who perhaps deliberately chose not to seek personal fame). Where the alchemists often write in riddles and exhort the reader to seek a teacher for the sake of oral transmission of the real practice, in "The Sayings of Taoist Master Danyang," the writer actually states up-front, upon giving his basic approach, "You do not necessarily need to ask another for instruction.
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I have highlighted, annotated, scribbled notes within, dog eared, and soiled every page of this book.

I teach Taoist Meditation, Taiji, and Qigong, and for years I have carried this book with me everywhere. I know some reviewers here have commented it tells you nothing about how to meditate, and that is debatable. There are so many styles of meditation a how to book would be very limiting indeed! The important thing about meditation is #1 that you do it! and #2 that you have a philosophy of life. Following the Way is a lifestyle, superior people don't "dabble" in meditation!

By understanding the truths about reality we can have fruitful meditation. Without a philosophy of life meditation is worthless; worse than that is can be harmful.

These five short books that have been compiled here will give the reader some "seeds" for fruitful meditation. Of course, read Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, and everything else you can. I have read almost every book out there on Tao, no kidding. But I have never found a book as cool as this one for just bringing all the things that we want to sort of program into our sub-conscious mind. The short chapters make for great discussions at a workshop or class. During meditations our mind will seek hidden truths that we carry within, this book is an excellent source of those truths that are packaged to be assimilated into our spirits.
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I really like a couple of these texts. I lost my copy of this book and plan to get another one. Also the cover art is great. As always Cleary's translation is easy going to and down to earth, very enjoyable.
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If you want to know what Taoist meditation is, this is the book for you. This book is an anthology of choice Taoist masters whose, teachings are easily accessible, and come to you in a soft (Taoist) voice. I have given this book to a person with a varied and deep meditative experience, and I have given this book to a person with no meditative experience. Both were enriched by reading this book. This book is now my favorite book to pass on to people interested in meditation.
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