By Stephen Eskildsen
Stephen Eskildsen deals an summary of Daoist spiritual texts from the Latter Han (25–220) via Tang (618–907) classes, exploring passive meditation tools and their expected results. those equipment entailed staring at the techniques that spread spontaneously inside brain and physique, instead of actively manipulating them by way of skill universal in medieval Daoist faith equivalent to visualization, invocations, and the swallowing of breath or saliva. in the course of the ensuing deep serenity, it used to be claimed, you can still reach profound insights, adventure visions, suppose surges of important strength, triumph over thirst and starvation, be cured of diseases, ascend the heavens, and achieve everlasting life.
While the texts mentioned persist with the legacy of Warring States interval Daoism reminiscent of the Laozi to an important measure, additionally they draw upon medieval immortality equipment and Buddhism. An realizing of the passive meditation literature presents vital insights into the next improvement of Neidan, or inner Alchemy, meditation that emerged from the tune interval onward.
Stephen Eskildsen is North Callahan unusual Professor of faith on the collage 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 by means of 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