By Stephen Eskildsen
Stephen Eskildsen bargains an summary of Daoist spiritual texts from the Latter Han (25–220) via Tang (618–907) sessions, exploring passive meditation equipment and their expected results. those equipment entailed looking at the tactics that spread spontaneously inside brain and physique, instead of actively manipulating them by means of skill universal in medieval Daoist faith comparable to visualization, invocations, and the swallowing of breath or saliva. during the ensuing deep serenity, it was once claimed, you can reach profound insights, event visions, suppose surges of significant strength, conquer thirst and starvation, be cured of illnesses, ascend the heavens, and achieve everlasting life.
While the texts mentioned stick with the legacy of Warring States interval Daoism akin to the Laozi to an important measure, additionally they draw upon medieval immortality equipment and Buddhism. An knowing of the passive meditation literature presents vital insights into the following improvement of Neidan, or inner Alchemy, meditation that emerged from the music interval onward.
Stephen Eskildsen is North Callahan individual Professor of faith on the college of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the writer of Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion and The Teachings and Practices of the Early Quanzhen Taoist Masters, either additionally released via SUNY Press.
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Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity: From the Latter Han Dynasty (25-220) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture) by Stephen Eskildsen