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Taoist Meditation Paperback – July 5, 2000
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Good book and a value at used price. Has average paperback quality. Average layout.Published 2 months ago by Jacob Z. Campbell
Some people might not like this book but others might. I met an optimist who read a bunch of good stuff out of it when I handed it to him but then I looked and just saw irrelevant... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lord Shiva
I usual I find Clrary's covering of this timeless topic clear, expanding an a delight to read.Published 13 months ago by Patterson Stark
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 on November 26, 2013 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